Big conquests of the trophy hunter, 74, who killed police officers before he turned the weapon on himself
A man who reportedly shot down two policemen has been revealed as a great hunting trophy hunter who traveled to Africa to kill and return animals as trophies.
Eric Newman founded Sergeant Mark Johnston and his partner Senior Constable Helen McMurtrie after responding on Friday night to reports of a domestic incident at a home in Glen Innes, in northern New South Wales.
A neighbor spoke with Daily Telegraph and said Newman, 74, and his wife Lesley, 59, were large-scale hunters who had been to Africa several times and had various animal skins in their home.
Eric Newman (right) and his wife Lesley (left). Newman shot two policemen before he killed himself, police say
A neighbor said the couple were large-scale hunters who had been to Africa several times and had various animal skins in their home
Several other photo's show the couple's house, decorated with animal trophies, including a zebra skin, a stuffed bear and animal heads
He was an avid trophy hunter and had a lot of taxidermy in his house – giraffes, bears, you name it, & # 39; said the neighbor.
A photo shared by Lesley on her personal Facebook page shows the couple with a giraffe they had just killed. A gun can be seen nearby.
Several other photographs show the couple's home, decorated with animal trophies, including a zebra skin, a stuffed bear and animal heads.
Friends of the couple estimated that they had 20 to 30 weapons in their home, the publication reported.
He was an avid trophy hunter and had a lot of taxidermy in his house – giraffes, bears, you name it, & # 39; said the neighbor
The police believe that Newman, who had stopped trophy hunting 10 years ago, had turned his gun on the officers before he did it himself
The police believe that Newman, who had stopped trophy hunting 10 years ago, had turned his gun on the officers before he did it himself.
His body was found on the spot.
Sgt Johnston is in a stable state but Snr Const. McMurtrie, who was shot in the throat, was in a coma by doctors.
McMurtrie is now facing a fight for her life at the Gold Coast Hospital.
Sergeant Mark Johnston (pictured) and his partner Senior Constable Helen McMurtrie were shot while attending a domestic incident at Glen Innes, in northern New South Wales
Sergeant Mark Johnston (with his wife) was flown to the hospital after being targeted with a rifle at Glen Innes, in the north of New South Wales
The officers were summoned to a house in the town at 9:50 pm on Friday.
They spoke to Newman and after the discussion they were shot in the street with a 303 centerfire rifle.
The couple escaped, with the help of an undamaged third colleague, and gave each other first aid before paramedics arrived.
His wife Lesley was found in the neighborhood with minor injuries after she had begged the neighbors for help.
Neighbor Daryl Craig heard the frightening incident. He told the Daily Telegraph: "I had just gone to bed and I heard & # 39; Put down the weapon, put the weapon down.
& # 39; I heard a bang and then another bang. & # 39;
He said he was looking out the window and saw that policemen were dragging one of their buyers to their cars.
Sgt Johnston suffered a gunshot wound in the face and is expected to recover
Commissioner McKechnie said at a press conference on Saturday: "Our female officer has undergone surgery and is currently receiving further medical treatment in connection with that very serious injury."
We hope and pray that it will fully recover. There is certainly a way for her in that respect. & # 39;
We are very careful that we could have lost two officers during that incident, & # 39; he said.
The entire police family wishes them a speedy recovery. & # 39;
NSW police officer Gary Worboys said the incident is now part of a critical incident investigation.
Both officers were taken to the Gold Coast Hospital (photo: the helicopter) in a stable condition, where the female officer said seriously
I would like to wish my support and happiness to these three brave officers, their families and colleagues on behalf of the entire police, & # 39; said Mr. Worboys.
& # 39; As an organization we get around the agents and provide all the support they need to help with their recovery and we look forward to welcoming them when they are ready. & # 39;
& # 39; Such incidents point to the real dangers of police work and I thank everyone in the community for their support and wishes, "he said.
& # 39; We will continue to support the officers and their families during their recovery. & # 39;
Two NSW agents were shot during a domestic incident at Church Street, Glen Innes (photo), which ended with the death of an elderly man