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Taskforce probing Glenfern incident as manhunt continues

TASMANIA Police has established a taskforce to aid the investigation into the alleged shooting of two police vehicles near New Norfolk earlier this week. Commander Tim Dooley said earlier today (Thursday) that specific resources had been allocated to deal with evidence-gathering relating to the two shooting incidents while other resources remained committed and dedicated to locating Robert George Greig, 33, of Brighton.

Robert Greig

It is alleged that police cars were shot at on Monday morning, at Glenfern around 11.50pm on Monday, and on the Boyer Rd shortly afterwards. They later identified Mr Greig as a person of interest.

“Police continued our search of a number of houses and properties in the Brighton and Elderslie areas overnight in a bid to locate Mr Greig and the blue Holden Colorado 4WD registration YD08IP,” Commander Dooley said. “We can’t discount the possibility that the vehicle may have been modified with some parts repainted with an undercoat grey colour,” he said.

“Significant police resources including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, drones and specialist resources, have been deployed since the incident on Monday evening and today we are extending our search to various locations in southern Tasmania.”

The police reissued a plea for the man wanted in connection to the incident to make contact with police and hand himself in. “Police want to resolve this incident safely for everyone, including Mr Greig, responding police officers and the community,” Commander Dooley said. “Mr Greig, please make contact with police so we can safely resolve the situation for you, your family and your loved ones.”

Mr Greig’s car, which may now be painted grey.

“Police would like to acknowledge the support and assistance of the local community as we carry out our investigations. We appreciate their patience and understanding, and we are working hard to safely resolve this situation as soon as we can.

Members of the public who have seen Mr Greig or the vehicle he is believed to be driving are asked to not approach him but instead call Police on 131444. “If you know where Mr Greig is currently located, please contact police on 131444 or Crime Stoppers at crimestopperstas.com.au. Your anonymity is gauranteed,” Commander Dooley said.

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