Shots fired in Tyndale farmhouse
POLICE last night were maintaining a perimeter around a property at Tyndale after a number of shots had been fired inside a house.
A police media spokesman said last night police had received a call about 5pm and were advised a man had shot himself in the face at a property at Gallaghers Lane.
The spokesman said that during the incident there was an elderly woman, a 50-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl at the residence.
"Three more shots were heard to be fired from under the house," the spokesman said.
The man, woman and teenage girl were later taken to safety and a perimeter was established.
At 7.15pm police were not sure whether the armed man was dead or alive. Police vehicles from Grafton, Maclean and other parts of the Valley as well as highway patrol officers and two ambulance vehicles were on the scene.
All officers were wearing bullet-proof vests.
Police had set up a command post at the edge of the Pacific Highway and had a separate vehicle posted about 500 metres south of the Gallaghers Lane turn off with lights flashing.
They were advising media to stay at least 500 metres from the command post and to stay behind cane fields so as not to get in a direct line of sight from the house.
The house, situated in cane fields, some of which had been recently harvested, was a typical older-style farmhouse, about 150 metres off the highway.
No further details were available last night.