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Critical incident underway after man dies at Williamtown

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A critical incident investigation is now underway after a man shot himself, following a police pursuit, at Williamtown overnight.

About 9pm on Sunday 18 June, officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District were called to a home in Sproule Crescent, Thornton, over concerns for a male’s welfare.

They were told the 36-year-old, who was armed with a firearm, had left the property in a vehicle.

Following inquiries, officers located it travelling on Newline Road, Seaham, a short time later.

When the vehicle did not stop, a police pursuit was initiated.

It eventually ended near Stockton Beach, Williamtown, and the man ran onto the beach.

He was located deceased, suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A crime scene was then established.

The NSW Police Force, via a critical incident team from Tuggerah Lakes Police District, is examining the circumstances surrounding the occasion.

The LECC will independently monitor it under Part 8 of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission Act 2016 to ensure public confidence in the investigation.

A report is also being prepared for the information of the Coroner.

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