6 November 2019

Shooter to face court after three hour manhunt

| Lachlan Roberts
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The 27-year-old alleged offender is facing court this morning. Photo: File.

The alleged gunman who shot a woman while she was sitting in her car will face court this morning after a three-hour police manhunt on Tuesday morning (5 November).

It is alleged that as a woman parked her car on Dominion Circuit in Forrest, a man got out of a car with a gun and fired at the woman’s vehicle. The woman sustained gunshot and shrapnel wounds and was taken to Canberra Hospital.

The man fled in a silver/blue two-door hatchback with a NSW registration plate on the front and no plate on the back. A territory-wide manhunt ensued and the man was arrested three hours later.

Police also found the hatchback and firearm in the Weston Creek area around 11:00 am.

Officer in Charge of Woden Police Station, Detective Acting Station Sergeant Simon Coady said police devoted significant resources to locating the alleged offender.

“As a result of some excellent police work, officers had a person in custody within three hours,” Detective Acting Station Sergeant Coady said. “I would also like to thank the public for their assistance and willingness in providing valuable and timely information that will help with the ongoing investigation.”

The 27-year-old man has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, damage to property, attempted aggravated robbery using an offensive weapon, using an unregistered vehicle, driving while disqualified and discharging of a firearm endangering life.

He will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning.

Police have spoken to a number of witnesses, however, anyone with information who has not yet spoken to police is urged to contact police operations on 131 444. Please quote reference 6457676. Information can be provided anonymously.

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Sentenced to 7 years in 2017 backdated to 2015. Released in September this year.

Yet another example of our wonderful legal system.

Hopefully one day our legal system will be hit by a bombshell when a victim such as the woman who was shot successfully takes legal action against the magistrates (and others in the system) who let people like this out early.

Other occupations have to take responsibility when their decisions are wrong. It is way past time that the “experts” in our legal system live by the same rules as the rest of us.

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