Guns drawn ... Coffs Harbour Police conducted a search in Loaders Lane. PHOTO: FRP/Scott Carle
Guns drawn ... Coffs Harbour Police conducted a search in Loaders Lane. PHOTO: FRP/Scott Carle

Wild west shoot-out

By CRAIG McTEAR

THE western suburbs of Coffs Harbour resembled a scene from the wild west yesterday afternoon as police raided a house in Loaders Lane looking a wanted man.

Craig Kennedy, 42, was the subject of the police manhunt.

About 1.15pm yesterday afternoon, startled residents were told to remain inside and to lock their doors as senior police, detectives and general duties officers converged on the normally quiet street and set up a road block.

"I was driving home and thought 'what the hell is going on'," Scott Carle, who leaves in the adjoining Wisteria Close, said.

He watched as armed officers donned protective vests and surrounded a house.

Minutes after, a man, with a little dog running beside him, came out with his hands in the air and guns pointed at him.

Police searched him and a short time later, a second man came out, again with hands up and guns trained on him.

This second man was taken by detectives to Coffs Harbour Police Station for questioning, but he was later released.

Police had the street blocked off for 40 minutes or so.

Three weeks ago, the Coffs Harbour District Court issued an arrest warrant for offences committed in the area last year.

"Anyone who sees Craig Kennedy is advised not to approach him, but to contact 000 immediately," Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, said.

Mr Kennedy was last seen by police in Coffs Harbour earlier yesterday.

Anyone with information on Mr Kennedy is urged to contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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