Police to investigate gunshots

A COFFS HARBOUR man, 44, was late yesterday helping police with their investigations into the drama.

No charges had been laid at the time of going to press.

Chief Inspector Shane Cribb told journalists the lone highway patrol policeman involved was treated at hospital for cuts and grazes unrelated to the discharge of his firearm, and was later released.

“I've told the police officer to go home and rest up. My main concern is his recuperation - he can come back to work when he is ready,” Mr Cribb said.

He said the officer was attempting to apprehend a man in a motor vehicle, and he discharged his police firearm.

Mr Cribb confirmed the officer arrested the man at the scene.

“I commend the officer in his actions,” he said.

Mr Cribb said the discharge of the firearm, and the officer being struck by the vehicle, would be investigated by local police, with oversight from the police northern region.

Mr Cribb said it was believed more than one shot had been fired, but he could not comment on whether the gun had been fired directly at the alleged offender.

The incidents at the Bailey Centre were part of the investigation, as was whether or not the car police followed as a result of traffic incidents had been stolen.

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