Man charged following Fawkner car fires and shots fired

Detectives from the Armed Crime Squad charged a man on Saturday following two linked car fires and a shooting incident at a Fawkner address in December last year.

With assistance from the Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force, a 20-year-old man was arrested at Melbourne Airport shortly before 8pm on Saturday evening (13 April).

The man was interviewed by police and has subsequently been charged with home invasion, two counts of reckless conduct endangering life, use firearm when FPO applies, discharge shot, four counts of theft of motor vehicle and three counts of criminal damage by fire (arson).

He was remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 27 May.

The charges follow two separate incidents at a Major Road residential address in December last year.

The first occurred around 11pm on Saturday, 23 December. It will be alleged two male offenders arrived at the property in a stolen white Suzuki Swift.

Police were told one of the men fired shots at the front door.

The other man, who was armed with a firearm, attempted to force entry into the house.

He was unsuccessful, and the two men fled the scene in the Suzuki Swift.

Three people inside the property at the time of the incident were not physically injured.

The car was later located burnt out on Fashion Parade in Broadmeadows, and a firearm was located inside the vehicle.

The second incident occurred about 3.20am on Thursday, 28 December when emergency services were called to reports of a vehicle fire on Major Road.

Investigators will allege a number of offenders ran from a vehicle, pouring accelerant into the driveway of the Major Road address, before setting a blue Toyota Camry parked in the driveway alight.

They then fled the scene in a waiting vehicle.

A short time later, police attended a second car fire. A Toyota Camry was located burnt out at the intersection of William and Lowson Streets.

Nobody was physically injured during either incident but both vehicles were severely damaged.

Police believe both incidents were targeted and the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with any information or CCTV/dash cam footage of any of the incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at

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