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Man who terrified woman charged with firearm, domestic violence offences near Cessnock

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A man has been charged with firearms and domestic violence offences following a terrifying incident in the Hunter region this week.

About 7.30pm on Wednesday 16 August, a 59-year-old male allegedly threatened a 56-year-old woman with a firearm.

It’s believed he then fired a shot on the property at Pyne Way, Mount View.

The woman was able to escape and notify police attached to the Hunter Valley Police District, who began an investigation into the circumstances.

With assistance from PolAir, the man was tracked to an address on Short Street, Speers Point.

He was arrested by specialist police attached to the Tactical Operations Unit about 1am on Thursday 17 August.

The man was then taken to Belmont Police Station and charged with armed with intent to commit indictable offence, fire firearm manner likely injure persons/property, possess loaded firearm endanger life not public, common assault, and stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm.

Following the arrest, at 2.20pm, a search warrant was executed at the home on Pyne Way.

Police seized firearms, ammunition and prohibited drugs.

The man was refused bail to appear before Belmont Local Court, where he was formally refused bail to appear at Cessnock Local Court on Tuesday 12 September.

Inquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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