Two men charged following shooting death - Port Stephens

Saturday, 06 November 2021 04:33:44 AM

Two men have been charged over their alleged involvement in a fatal shooting in Port Stephens in August 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 located 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 State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad.

Following investigations, about 11.30am yesterday (Friday 5 November 2021), police stopped a vehicle travelling along Wahroonga Street, Raymond Terrace.

The driver – a 27-year-old man – was arrested and taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station.

He was charged with murder, take/detain person in company with intent to obtain advantage, damage property by fire and possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit.

About 1.45pm (Friday 5 November 2021), police attended a shopping centre on Pearson Street, Charlestown, and arrested a 39-year-old man.

He was taken to Waratah Police Station, where he was charged with accessory after the fact to murder and accessory after the fact to kidnapping.

Both men were refused bail and will appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Saturday 6 November 2021).

Strike Force Breve investigations continue.

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.