Shotgun fired in dispute between neighbours
THE usually quiet town of Brookstead was rocked by shotgun fire during a neighbourhood dispute which police say got well out of hand.
A 39-year-old man is due to face assault and weapons charges after allegedly firing a 0.410 shotgun as two men walked past the front of his Ware St home.
Pittsworth police officer-in-charge Sergeant Rob Patterson was called to a disturbance between two neighbours in Ware St about 8.40pm last Friday.
Sgt Patterson said the wall of a home had some minor damage allegedly caused by someone banging their fist against it.
He said the disturbance had calmed when the second, more serious incident occurred.
It will be alleged two men involved in the initial disturbance were walking past a third Ware St house when a shot was fired.
"They were then approached by the 39-year-old who had a weapon," Sgt Patterson.
He said both men were struck, one on the left thigh and the other on the body, with the barrel of the shotgun.
Sgt Patterson, who was in the area after being called out to the earlier disturbance, said he was patrolling Ware St when he saw the 39-year-old man standing on the footpath holding the shotgun.
He said the initial shot was not fired in the direction of the two men.
"It was a neighbourhood dispute that got well out of hand."
The 39-year-old man was charged with assault, possessing an unregistered firearm, discharging a firearm over public land and going armed so as to cause fear.
A 37-year-old man, who was one of the men allegedly hit with the shotgun, was charged with wilful damage in relation to the earlier disturbance.
The men are due to appear in Pittsworth Magistrates Court on September 26.