Man Charged Over Alleged Speargun Shooting Attack
A man has been charged with attempted murder after a Northern Beaches man was shot in the chest with a speargun in Sydney.
The 48-year-old victim was found in his car just before 5pm on Friday on Coonaga Road at Avalon Beach.
"He had a spear protruding from his chest and he was obviously in agony," Detective Chief Inspector Michael Boutouridis told reporters.
The man had been shot at close range outside a North Avalon Road home "several hundred metres away".
Inspector Boutouridis described what happened next as an "incredible escape".
"The attack continued, allegedly, after the spear attack with a knife or something -- a sharp weapon," he said.
"The injured man was able to get into his own car and drive away and hold the spear, and stem any bleeding.
"He was taken to North Shore Hospital where it was established that the spear narrowly missed his heart, he's a very lucky man to be alive, we would have otherwise been talking about a murder."
The man has been released from hospital.
Police launched a manhunt for the alleged attacker and warned the public not to approach him but to call triple zero.
Just before 6.30pm on Saturday, police responding to a call about an unresponsive man in the car park of a fast food restaurant on Pittwater Road in Brookvale found their quarry.
The 35-year-old Avalon Beach man was later charged with attempted murder, and wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday.