A critical incident has been declared after a man sustained a gunshot wound during a police operation on the Central Coast this morning.
Police attached to Tuggerah Lakes Proactive Crime Team were engaged in a pursuit with a Mitsubishi Lancer about 10.20am (Wednesday 21 October 2020), when the Lancer driver rammed the police vehicle on Tuggerah Parade, The Entrance.
The pursuit was terminated before officers from Tuggerah Lakes Police District saw the Lancer elsewhere on Tuggerah Parade and observed a man and woman run from the vehicle.
Officers noticed the man was in possession of two firearms – a long-arm and a pistol – and engaged in a foot pursuit towards Gosford Avenue.
Initial reports suggest shots were fired by the man and a police officer, which left the man with a wound to his neck.
The 30-year-old man was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being airlifted to John Hunter Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.
Two firearms were secured and have been seized for forensic and ballistic examination.
A short time later, the 43-year-old woman was arrested on Broonarra Street and taken to Wyong Police Station.
A critical incident team from Lake Macquarie Police District will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident.
That investigation will also be subject to independent review.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.