Two separate, serious assaults in Coonabarabran have rocked the normally quiet community - the attacks leaving one dead and two people injured.
On Monday evening, 18 July, at 8.45pm, police allege a 57-year-old male person from Shane’s Park, Sydney, approached a 53-year-old female on the front door step of her residence in Robertson Street, Coonabarabran.
Police say the male fired four rounds from a hand gun at the female, with bullets striking her in the arm, abdomen and head.
As the victim fell to the ground, the male turned the gun on himself, firing a single shot.
Witnesses contacted Triple 0, with police and emergency services attending the scene.
First aid was administered to both injured persons before they were transported to Coonabarabran Health Service.
They were both later airlifted to St George Hospital, Sydney, however, the male died en-route.
The female victim later underwent surgery for her injuries and was reported to be in a stable condition.
Police said this was a domestic-related incident.
Detectives from Mudgee Local Area Command established a crime scene at the home and inquiries are continuing.
A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.
In another serious incident, an aggravated robbery occurred in John Street, Coonabarabran, on Friday, 15 July.
At about 6.45am, a male person was approached by 32-year- old Wayne Matthews, of Coonabarabran.
The two men, known to each other, became involved in an altercation, with Matthews allegedly producing a Leatherman- style multi-tool and striking the 35-year-old victim several times to the head, hands and body.
The offender removed the victim’s wallet and other possessions from his pockets before fleeing the scene.
Police were called to the incident and established a crime scene in John Street.
The victim was conveyed to Coonabarabran Health Service where he was treated for minor injuries and later released.
Police arrested Matthews at his home in Coonabarabran.
He was conveyed to the Police Station and charged with aggravated robbery. He was refused bail and will attend Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday, 27 July.
Detectives from Mudgee Local Area Command are conducting on-going investigations into both these assaults.
They are appealing for witnesses to either incident to contact Coonabarabran Detectives on 6842 7299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
Areas of John Street, Coonabarabran, were roped off as police secured a crime scene on Friday, 15 July, following an aggravated robbery incident.