Police arrest four after truck driver assaulted and shot near Lithgow

Detectives have arrested four men after a truck driver was robbed, assaulted and shot twice in the leg near Lithgow earlier this year.

About 5am on Tuesday 29 September 2020, emergency services were called to the Great Western Highway at Mount Lambie, following reports a truck driver had been shot.

Police were told that the truck driver – a 42-year-old Western Australian man – had been sleeping in the vehicle, when a group of unknown men forced entry to the cabin.

The men assaulted the truck driver, dragged him from the vehicle and shot him twice in his right upper thigh and right foot.

The group then stole personal items – including a large quantity of cash – from the truck, before fleeing the area in other vehicles.

The truck driver was treated at the scene by paramedics, before being airlifted to Westmead Hospital. He underwent surgery and has since been released.

Officers from Chifley Police District commenced inquiries into the incident, before detectives from the State Crime Command’s Criminal Groups Squad took carriage of the investigation under Strike Force Hathern.

Following extensive inquires and a public appeal for information, strike force detectives executed a crime scene warrant at a property at Luddenham and six search warrants at homes at Campbelltown, Ambarvale, Bradbury, Mount Annan and Primbee from 6am today (Thursday 3 December 2020).

During the operation, four men – aged 30, 29, 28 and 23 – were arrested and taken to local police stations, where charges are expected to be laid.

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