Man Arrested After Speargun Attack In Sydney's Northern Beaches
UPDATE: A 35-year-old man has been arrested and taken to Manly Police Station, following an extensive manhunt.
A 48-year-old man is recovering in Royal North Shore hospital after being shot with a speargun in Avalon on Friday.
NSW Emergency Services were called to Coonanga Road, Avalon Beach, on Friday afternoon following reports a man had been injured with a spear gun.
The 48-year-old was found sitting in a car with a spear still in his gut, and police later revealed he drove himself to the location after being attacked.
“The injured man was able to get into his own car and drive away and hold the spear and stem bleeding," Detective Chief Inspector Michael Boutouridis said.
“The attack continued, allegedly, after the spear attack, with a knife [or] sharp weapon," Boutouridis told reporters on Saturday morning.
The man was treated by paramedics and airlifted to RNS Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Police reported initial inquiries suggested the injured man had been shot outside a nearby home on North Avalon Road.
Police believe the two men involved in the incident were known to each other.
"This was a meeting that obviously went wrong," Boutouridis said on Saturday.
He added the man, who was shot at close range, made "an incredible escape".
“He was taken to North Shore Hospital where it was established the spear narrowly missed his heart. He’s a very lucky man to be alive. We would have otherwise been talking about a murder.”
Just after 6:30pm on Saturday police were called to a fast-food restaurant on Pittwater Road in Brookvale after a man was found unresponsive in the carpark.
Officers attended and arrested a 35-year-old man before taking him to Manly Police Station.
No charges have been laid.