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UPDATE: Third teen arrested as critical incident investigation continues - Forbes

Monday, 27 December 2021 03:00:48 PM

A third teenager has been arrested as a critical incident investigation continues after a teenage boy was shot in the lower leg during a confrontation with police in the state’s Central West this morning.

Officers from Central West Police District attended Calarie Road, Forbes, shortly after 3am (Monday 27 December 2021), in pursuit of a utility which had been reported stolen.

At Daroobalgie Road, the utility stopped, and the driver exited the vehicle, pursued by police on foot.

At this time, a second vehicle drove at police before police discharged their firearm.

A 16-year-old boy suffered a wound to his left calf and was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being airlifted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in a stable condition.

Two teens – aged 16 – were arrested at the scene and taken to Parkes Police Station.

One has since been released, pending further investigation.

Following inquiries, a fourth teen - aged 16 - was arrested at a home on Farnell Street about 12.30pm today. He was also taken to Parkes Police Station.

A critical incident team from Orana Mid-West Police District will now investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, including the discharge of a police firearm.

That investigation will be subject to independent review.

No further details are available at this time; however, police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Daroobalgie Road remains closed and traffic diversions are in place.

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.