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Police confirm Watson man, 37, died of gunshot wound

By Charlotte Harper 4 November 2016 1

The apartment block at Watson. Photo: Charlotte Harper

ACT Policing has confirmed the man who died in suspicious circumstances in a Windeyer Street, Watson, unit last night was 37 years old and had suffered a fatal gunshot wound in his own home.

See our earlier report including Facebook Live coverage of the investigation last night here.

Police believe this to be a targeted incident and say there is no threat to public safety.

Investigations are ongoing and the crime scene will remain in place over the weekend.

Residents of neighbouring units told the RiotACT this morning that they had heard a gunshot shortly before police and emergency services teams arrived at the scene at around 7.45pm last night.

One neighbour was convinced that what they had heard the sound of a gun being fired.

“You couldn’t not hear it,” the neighbour said.

The apartment block at Watson. Photo: Charlotte Harper

The residents the RiotACT spoke to also commented on a separate aggravated assault that occurred in their complex last month.

Police said late last night that they would as part of their investigation examine whether there was a connection between that incident and last night’s events.

The apartment block at Watson. Photo: Charlotte Harper

ACT Policing Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson said there was no cause for residents to be concerned for their safety as police believed this to be an isolated incident.

He said one of several lines of inquiry detectives were investigating was that the man’s death may be related to domestic violence.

“At this stage that’ll be part of our investigation,” Acting Superintendent Anderson said.

ACT Policing is urging anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious near Windeyer Street, Watson last night to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via Information can be provided anonymously.

Police remind readers they should not report crime information via Facebook and Twitter pages.

Pictured above are the unit block where the police investigation is underway and an AFP Forensics team member at work on the site. Photos: Charlotte Harper

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Serina Huang 4:15 pm 04 Nov 16

Oh, what terrible news.

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