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Man charged, critical incident investigation continues after firearm discharged - Erskineville

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 07:19:02 PM

A man will face court tomorrow charged as a critical incident investigation continues after a second man was injured following a vehicle stop in Sydney’s south today.

Just before 10am (Tuesday 12 July 2022), officers from South Sydney Police Area Command stopped a Ford Falcon – reportedly stolen earlier this month from West Pennant Hills – on Elliot Avenue, Erskineville.

The front male passenger got out and fled and was pursued by police, while the Ford was allegedly driven at an officer, who discharged their firearm.

The passenger, a 38-year-old man, was arrested shortly after, following a foot pursuit. Police searched the man and allegedly located cash, which was seized for forensic examination

Following inquiries, the Ford was located a short time later at a service station on the Hume Highway near Frederick Street, Croydon.

The driver, a 36-year-old man, was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics, before being taken to hospital under police guard. He remains there in a stable condition.

Two crime scenes were established and forensically examined.

The older man was taken to Mascot Police Station, where a further search resulted in methylamphetamine being located in his possession and seized.

The man was charged with be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner, possess prohibited drug, goods in personal custody suspected of being stolen, and an unrelated offence.

He has been refused bail and will appear at Downing Centre Local Court tomorrow (Wednesday 13 July 2022).

A critical incident team from Sydney City Police Area Command is investigating all circumstances surrounding the incident.

That investigation will be subject to an independent review.

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.