Pensioner, 81, shoots himself dead after opening fire on a 56-year-old man ‘in failed murder-suicide’ in a quiet Sydney suburb
- A pensioner has shot himself dead as police arrived to a home in Sydney’s south
- Emergency crews rushed to home in Engadine at about 7am on Friday morning
- Police said a shot was fired at front door of the home, striking a 56-year-old man
- When officers arrived they found a man, 81, attempting to leave the area in a car
- The man then ‘discharged the firearm, suffering a self-inflicted gun-shot wound’
A pensioner has shot himself dead during a police standoff after he opened fire on another man at a home in Sydney’s south.
The incident unfolded at a property in Engadine on Friday morning, with neighbours reporting sounds of gunfire at about 7am.
Police said a shot was fired at the front door of the home, striking a 56-year-old man in the forehead.
Emergency crews rushed to the scene and found an 81-year-old man attempting to flee in a car.
‘The man pointed the firearm at the police officers when challenged by them,’ police said in a statement.
‘He then discharged the firearm, suffering a self-inflicted gun-shot wound, to his neck.’
A pensioner has died after he and another man were shot following a domestic dispute in Sydney’s south
The man was unable to be revived and died at the scene.
Police described the 56-year-old man’s gunshot wound as ‘minor’ and said he was treated at the scene by Ambulance paramedics.
‘We heard a loud bang but we didn’t know if it was a car or a gun,’ a neighbour told the St George Shire Standard.
‘Around here we don’t know what a gun sounds like, it’s not Merrylands.’
A critical incident investigation team from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command will now investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
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Emergency crews rushed to a home in Engadine at about 7am on Friday, responding to reports of gunfire following a domestic dispute