NSW police arrest man after public place shootings near Lismore

A man has been arrested following multiple public place shootings in the state’s Northern Rivers region overnight.

About 9pm (Saturday 6 March 2021), officers from Richmond Police District were called to Dunoon, about 20km north of Lismore, following reports of shots fired at a home on Rayward Road.

On route to the scene, police received reports of more shots fired at two separate homes on Rayward Road, and another on Duncan Road.

Residents of the properties were home at the time, but no injuries were reported.

While investigating the incidents, officers heard more shots fired in the area.

A police operation commenced, and a perimeter was established.

A short time later, shots were fired at a police vehicle, causing significant damage.

Specialist units were deployed to assist in the operation – including officers attached to the Tactical Response Unit, negotiators, Police Rescue, and the Dog Unit, with assistance from Queensland Pol Air.

Following further inquiries, a 63-year-old man was arrested by police at a property on Rayward Road about midnight.

He was taken to Lismore Police Station, where he is assisting police with their inquiries.

An investigation into the circumstances leading up to and during the incident is now underway.

Inquiries are continuing.

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.

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