Police charge man after public place shooting in Hunter

A man will face court today charged over an alleged public place shooting in the Hunter region yesterday.

About 12.15pm (Wednesday 30 September 2020), police were called to Lang Street, Kurri Kurri, following reports of shots fired.

Officers from Hunter Valley Police District attended and established a perimeter, assisted by Port Stephens-Hunter Police District.

A large-scale search of the area was conducted with the assistance of PolAir and Operation Utah officers and a 40-year-old man was arrested on Lang Street about 1.40pm.

Police attended a nearby residence and located the rifle in a vehicle. It was seized along with 16 other registered firearms and ammunition.

The man was taken to Cessnock Police Station and charged with use unauthorised firearm, steal firearm, not keep firearm safely-not prohibited firearm/pistol, use intimidation/violence to unlawfully influence person, and fire firearm in or near public place.

Police will allege in court that the man, armed with a rifle, confronted trail bike riders in nearby bushland before discharging the firearm into the air.

He was refused bail to appear at Maitland Local Court today (Thursday 1 October 2020).

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