Detective once accused of shooting dead a paedophile is shot in the face in a suspected revenge hit
- A former cop accused of shooting a paedophile is fighting for his life in hospital
- Said ‘Sid’ Morgan, 53, is in a critical condition with life-threatening injuries
- An associate described Mr Morgan as a ‘wheeler and dealer’ in financial strife
- Mr Morgan was acquitted in 1997 for shooting an alleged paedophile in 1995
- Two men, aged 29 and 30, were taken into custody for questioning on Saturday
A former detective once accused of shooting dead a paedophile remains in a critical condition after being shot in the face in a suspected revenge hit.
Said ‘Sid’ Morgan, 53, is on life support at The Royal Melbourne Hospital after he was shot on Spraypoint Drive, Point Cook in Melbourne’s west about 11pm on Thursday.
A close associate of Mr Morgan has now revealed the 53-year-old is a ‘wheeler and dealer’ who is in constant financial strife.
Said ‘Sid’ Morgan, 53 (pictured), who was acquitted of shooting dead a paedophile, remains in a critical condition after being shot in the face in a suspected revenge hit
Mr Morgan was shot on Spraypoint Drive in Point Cook (pictured) in Melbourne’s west about 11pm on Thursday
‘I know he owed people a lot of money … he got himself into a lot of trouble,’ the associate told The Daily Telegraph.
The former police detective shot an alleged paedophile six times at a home in Oakhurst in Sydney’s west in 1995.
He was acquitted of murder after the Supreme Court found that he had acted out of fear for the future safety of the girls who were allegedly abused by the paedophile, The Daily Telegraph previously reported.
Mr Morgan, who now works as a real estate agent, is alleged to have racked up multiple debts from several failed business dealings.
The associate described how the 53-year-old is ‘constantly living living on the edge financially’ and had previously ‘gone bust a few times’.
Mr Morgan was also the director of six failed businesses, including three property companies, a legal firm and a marketing agency, the publication reported.
He was declared bankrupt in 2014 – shortly after most of his buisnesses were deregistered – and other records show he owes $66,167 to four creditors.
‘He had an attitude that it was OK to owe money,’ the associate said. ‘He owed money for ads, to suppliers, vendors…’
Witnesses told police they heard an argument on the street before a shot was fired and a ute was seen speeding off moments later.
Neighbours also told the publication cars – including a ute similar to the one that sped off on February 21 – were often parked out the front of Mr Morgan’s home.
Mr Morgan (pictured), who now works as a real estate agent, is alleged to have racked up multiple debts from several failed business dealings
One witness, Suhair Bdeiwe, told 9News she heard the gunshot and ran to her balcony where she saw a white ute speeding away from the scene.
‘I saw a big white ute driving badly,’ Ms Bdeiwe said.
Security cameras captured a similar ute heading in the same direction as the one Ms Bdeiwe claimed to have witnessed.
Three white cars parked out the Point Cook home were each dusted for prints to see whether they could lead to persons of interest.
Two men, both from Point Cook in Melbourne’s south-west, were arrested on Saturday morning.
Witnesses told police they heard an argument on the street (pictured) before a shot was fired and a ute was seen speeding off moments later
CCTV footage captured a ute speeding erratically from the scene of the crime (pictured)
A 30-year-old was arrested in Point Cook, the suburb where the alleged shooting took place.
The second suspect, 29, was taken into custody at Nagambie, more than 150km from the crime scene.
Both men are assisting the Homicide Squad.
Despite the associate’s claims, police are yet to reveal the motive for the crime or how many suspects were involved.
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