Man shoots gun in Murwillumbah park
Updated report, 2.39pm: A MAN who fired a shotgun in a Murwillumbah park toward a residential area on Sunday night has been placed on a good behaviour bond.
Officers were called to Willward Park near William and Everleigh Streets at about 9.30pm following reports of a shooting.
Police facts tendered before Tweed Heads Local Court this morning stated the 27-year-old man threatened self harm with the rifle after finding out that his partner had a miscarriage.
The facts stated the man was at his parent's house when he grabbed the gun and fired a shot before running off into the dark.
No properties were damaged by the gunfire.
Officers chased the man on foot before he was arrested in nearby Harwood St.
Tweed Byron Local Area Command Inspector Jim Kain said the shotgun was found during a search of the area by officers.
The man was taken to Murwillumbah police station where he was charged with discharging a firearm in a public place and possession of an unlicensed firearm.
He was refused bail and appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court this morning where entered guilty pleas to both charges.
Magistrate Michael Dakin placed the man on a two year good behaviour bond on each of the charges.
The man was ordered by the court to forfeit the shotgun.
Initial report, 12.29pm: GUNSHOTS could be heard in Murwillumbah after a man allegedly shot a pistol in a residential area on Saturday night.
Inspector Gary Cowan said a Murwillumbah man, 28, allegedly discharged the weapon after a domestic incident about 9.30pm.
"He fired the shot in the air," he said.
The man, who was carrying alcohol, shot off the pistol at a park on the corner of William St and Everleigh St before throwing away the firearm and running from police.
After a short foot chase he was caught.
"Police were immediately on the scene and arrested the offender," Insp Cowan said.
Police said no damage was reported at any properties.
"He was charged with discharge a firearm public place and possess unlicensed firearm," Insp Cowan said.
After a search the following morning police found the pistol on Harwood St.
He was bail refused and spent Saturday and Sunday night in the Tweed lock up.
He is due to appear in court today.