Fourth man charged after fatal shooting - Port Stephens

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 06:57:18 PM

A fourth man has been charged following a fatal shooting in Port Stephens earlier this year.

About 1.45pm on Sunday 29 August 2021, emergency services were called to Hideaway Drive, Salt Ash, following reports a white Ford Ranger utility had hit a tree.

Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District attended, along with NSW Ambulance paramedics, and located a male driver suffering a fatal gunshot wound.

He was later identified as 45-year-old David King.

A short time later, officers located a burnt-out white Santa Fe on Masonite Road, Heatherbrae, which police believe is allegedly linked to the shooting.

Detectives established Strike Force Breve to investigate the incident, with assistance from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad.

Three men – aged 26, 27 and 39 – have since been arrested and charged. They are currently before the courts.

Following further inquiries, about 10am today (Tuesday 23 November 2021), police arrested a 28-year-old man at Newcastle Police Station.

He was charged with murder, take/detain person in company without to obtain advantage, and possess shortened firearm (not pistol) without authority.

The man was refused bail and appeared in Newcastle Local Court today where he was formally refused bail to reappear in Raymond Terrace Local Court on Monday 17 January 2022.

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.