Residents have awoken to the news that a man has been charged with murder, following the death of another male in Newcastle overnight.
Shortly after 8pm on Saturday 12 December, a 24-year-old entered a service station on Sandgate Road, Shortland, allegedly armed with a knife.
It is believed he threatened an employee before running to a second service station, also on Sandgate Road.
There, he became involved in an argument with a 54-year-old man, who was walking his dog.
Witnesses have told police the argument became physical with the older man sustaining a stab wound to his abdomen.
Tragically, he died at the scene.
Following information received, officers from Newcastle City Police District attended a home on Sandgate Road where they attempted to speak with 24-year-old without success.
He was arrested after being tasered.
He was then taken to Newcastle Police Station where he has now been charged with murder.
He’s been refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court later today (Sunday 13 December).
Crime scenes have been established at both service stations on Sandgate Road, as well as the home where the man was arrested.
Initial inquiries suggest the two men were not know to each other.