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Man charged, weapons seized, following investigation into public place shooting - Bourke

Friday, 21 May 2021 02:52:09 PM

A man will face court today charged with firearm offences following an investigation into a public place shooting in the state’s north-west on New Year’s Day.

About 5.30am on Friday 1 January 2021, officers received reports a firearm had been fired multiple times during an argument on Culgoa Street, Bourke.

Police were told a group of people had congregated on the street during the altercation before a man produced the shortened rifle and fired several rounds of ammunition into the air.

The group fled the scene prior to police arrival.

Officers from Central North Police District established Strike Force Glynburn to investigate the incident.

On Thursday 6 May 2021, police executed a search warrant at a home on Richard Street, Bourke.

Officers located and seized four firearms, ammunition, slingshots, a dagger and a machete.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested was charged. He remains before the courts.

Following further inquiries, investigators executed a search warrant at a house at Bourke about 9.30am yesterday (Thursday 20 May 2021).

During the search, investigators seized a number of items, including a firearm cleaning kit, knife, crossbow, arrow and ammunition.

An 18-year-old man was arrested and taken to Bourke Police Station.

He was charged with possess more than three unregistered firearms one prohibited/pistol, not keep firearm safely-prohibited firearm, not keep firearm safely-not pistol/prohibited firearm, possess loaded firearm public place, fire firearm in or near public place, armed with intent commit indictable offence, acquire ammunition for firearm without licence/permit, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, supply/give ammunition to person not authorised, give prohibited firearm to unauthorised person, and give firearm to person not authorised by licence/permit.

He was refused bail and will appear at Bourke Local Court today (Friday 21 May 2021).