Driver dies after being shot - Port Stephens

Sunday, 29 August 2021 05:42:17 PM

A homicide investigation is underway after a man was fatally shot at Port Stephens today.

Emergency services were called to Hideaway Drive, Salt Ash, just before 1.45pm (Sunday 29 August 2021), after reports a vehicle had hit a tree.

Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District attended along with NSW Ambulance paramedics.

The male driver of the Ford Ranger utility was found suffering a gunshot wound. He could not be revived and died at the scene. The man is yet to be formally identified.

A crime scene has been established at Salt Ash and Masonite Road, Heatherbrae, after a second vehicle was located burnt out. Both will be examined by specialist forensic officers.

Detectives - assisted by the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad - have established Strike Force Breve to investigate the circumstances surrounding the man’s death, which is being treated as suspicious.

Anyone with information or dash cam vision which may be able to assist investigators is urged to contact 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 crime via NSW Police social media pages.