A FATHER has told of the extraordinary steps he took to protect his daughter from a gang member - by joining the gang himself.
Stephen Pattman was living an ordinary life in suburbia when he learned his daughter Chloe, who was then 19 years old, had begun a relationship with ACT Rebels president Ali Bilal.
Mr Pattman tried to get Chloe to leave Bilal for two years before he, along with his son Chris, joined the gang themselves.
"I found myself in situations where I wondered, 'What the hell have I gotten myself into?'" Pattman, who became a patched member of the gang, told Channel 9's A Current Affair on Tuesday night.
"I could either do nothing and just watch her end up where - how creative can your mind be - where does she end up?"
Or he could join them "and get this man close and that's exactly what I did".
They managed to last three years, until gang life got too much for the pair. The father and son quit the gang, but their departure didn't go as smoothly as they would have liked.
"We knew there was going to be repercussions, because once the patch was off our back it didn't stop there."
Mr Pattman told A Current Affair he feared for his safety and was harassed by gang members.
He said he asked on more than one occasion for his family to be left alone - until one day he could take it no more.
He and Chris were standing on the side of a Canberra street when they were confronted by a gang member in a car. Mr Pattman was handed a gun by his son, and he fired it into the car.
Court documents seen by ACA said the bullet went through the driver headrest and out the rear passenger window.
The man in the car suffered bleeding to his ear and temporary hearing damage.
After the shooting, Mr Pattman and his son fled to a national park where they lived in a camp for a year. He has pleaded guilty to an act of endangering life and unauthorised use of a prohibited firearm and is awaiting sentence.
Despite the possibility of jail, he didn't regret joining the gang. He'd spoken to Chloe, who told him Bilal was no longer in the gang scene.
"He claims he is out of that lifestyle now, and I hope he is true to his word because I do and did fear for my daughter's life being around that scene."