Pictured: Brave policeman shot in the face ‘by a 74-year-old man’ while responding to domestic incident as his female partner shot in the throat falls into a coma in hospital
- Two police officers have been shot at a domestic incident in New South Wales
- A 74-year-old man also died at the scene at Northern Tablelands on Friday night
- Police say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident
This is the brave policeman who was shot in the face while responding to a domestic incident on Friday night.
Sergeant Mark Johnston and his partner Senior Constable Helen McMurtrie were airlifted to hospital after they were shot with a rifle in Glenn Innes, northern New South Wales.
Johnston is in stable condition but McMurtrie, who was shot in the throat, has been put into a coma by doctors.
Sergeant Mark Johnston (pictured) and his partner Senior Constable Helen McMurtrie were shot while attending a domestic incident in Glenn Innes, norther New South Wales
The officers were called to a house at 9.50pm on Friday.
They spoke to a 74-year-old man and after the discussion they were shot at in the street with a 303 centerfire rifle.
The pair, with the help of an unharmed third colleague, gave each other first aid before paramedics arrived.
Police believe the 74-year-old man shot the officers before turning the gun on himself. His body was found at the scene.
Both officers were airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital in a stable condition, with the female officer said to be serious
A 59-year-old woman was also found nearby with minor injuries
Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said on Saturday: ‘Our female officer has undergone some surgery and is currently receiving further medical treatment in relation to that very serious injury,’
‘We hope and pray she makes a full recovery. There is certainly a road ahead for her in that regard.’
‘We’re very mindful we could have lost two officers here in that incident,’ he said.
‘The whole police family wishes them a speedy recovery.’
Two NSW police officers have been shot attending a domestic incident at a house at Church Street, Glen Innes (pictured) which ended with the death of an elderly man