Two arrested following large-scale police operation - Mid North Coast

Thursday, 09 November 2023 04:44:36 PM

A police operation has concluded and two men are in custody on the state's Mid North Coast.

About 1.40am (Thursday 9 November 2023), police were called to the M1 at Coopernook following reports of shots fired at a Landcruiser from a Mercedes utility, where the driver sustained a bullet graze to his arm. The man presented to Manning Base Hospital for treatment.

About 4.40am, police were then called to the M1 at The Hatch, following reports of shots fired at another vehicle. No injuries were reported to police.

About 5.15am, shots were also allegedly fired at another vehicle on the M1 at Kundabung. No injuries were reported to police.

A short time later, shots were fired in the direction of a police vehicle on the M1 near Fernbank Creek Road, Port Macquarie. No officers were injured.

About 10.30am, the utility was located abandoned at Wayne Richards Park at Port Macquarie. The vehicle was seized to undergo forensic examination.

A large-scale police operation was established by the Mid North Coast Police District – assisted by officers from Manning-Great Lakes Police District, and several NSW Police specialist units, including PolAir, the Tactical Operations Unit, the Police Dog Unit, Traffic and Highway Patrol, and other Northern Region resources – to locate those involved.

About 3.15pm, two men – aged 26 and 32 – were arrested behind Geoffrey Debenham Street, Kempsey, and have been taken to Kempsey Police Station.

As inquiries continue, police urge anyone with information or dashcam footage to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.