Criminals carry Ice binge-fire loaded shotgun into Melbourne McDonald’s for a week and ram police car

Dumb and dumb criminals celebrated during a week-long ice cream cone after firing a shotgun at a police car outside McDonald’s – then honked and yelled at police for an hour as officers took cover

  • Cruz Noonan, 20, fired a shotgun at a Melbourne McDonald’s while standing high on the ice
  • His friend Joel Papa rammed into a spare police vehicle after honking in a parking lot
  • The men only knew each other a month before the week-long ice binge
  • Noonan was wanted in June when dad was jailed for five years for the crime

Cruz Noonan let out a loud “woohoo” as he fired a shotgun at a police car parked outside a suburban McDonald’s in Melbourne.

His friend Joel Papa was behind the wheel and honked in the parking lot as he honked before rambling into a second police vehicle when backup arrived to investigate.

At McDonald’s, two officers and three staff members took cover in a manager’s office for nearly an hour until critical officers arrived.

Cruz Noonan pleads guilty Tuesday to, among other things, using a loaded firearm in a public place, possessing an unlicensed firearm and ammunition

Noonan and Papa, with another man, continued to drive past the crime scene, honking and yelling at officers, gloating over what they’d done.

Prosecutor Matt Fisher said Noonan’s crime was “as bold as it is foolish, as stupid as it is serious”.

Police planes followed the men and they were arrested.

Noonan, 20, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges including using a loaded firearm in a public place, possessing an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Noonan let out a loud 'woohoo' as he fired a shotgun at a parked police car outside a Melbourne McDonald's

Noonan let out a loud ‘woohoo’ as he fired a shotgun at a parked police car outside a Melbourne McDonald’s

Noonan and Papa had only known each other a month before the August 2019 incident and had spent an “intensive” time using ice cream together the previous week.

Attorney Rohan Lawrence said Noonan’s offense was serious and exposed the public at risk, but was not directed against the public.

But district judge Gerard Mullaly warned him not to be too nuanced, pointing out that the police are also made up of the public.

Joel Papa only knew Noonan a month before they went on ice cream for a week week

Joel Papa only knew Noonan a month before they went on ice cream for a week week

“Shooting a police car — that reveals the ability to commit serious crime very quickly, which is troubling,” he said in a pre-sentence hearing on Tuesday.

Noonan was wanted in June when Dad was sentenced to five years in prison for the crime, marking his last in a history of criminal offences.

His latest stint behind bars is his third in six years.

An arrest warrant was issued for Noonan and he was arrested later in June. He is currently in custody.

Judge Mullaly will deliver his verdict on Sept. 9.

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