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Fatal firearms incident at Granton

POLICE are investigating the circumstances of a firearms incident at Granton early this morning (Tuesday) which resulted in the death of a 26-year-old man and a younger man being injured. 

“Around 10.50pm last night, Tasmania Police were notified by the Tasmanian Prison Service that a man who was under a period of incarceration had escaped custody whilst at the Royal Hobart Hospital. A significant police search was commenced to locate the man,” Detective Inspector Troy Morrisby said in a statement issued late this morning.

“Around 1.30am this morning, police received a report of a firearms discharge at a property on Black Snake Rd at Granton.  Police attended the property and located the body of a deceased man outside the residence and another man inside with head injuries.  The deceased has been identified as the man who had escaped custody a few hours earlier.”

The injured man, aged 20, was transported to the Royal Hobart Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police expect to be able to interview him later today. Inspector Morrisby, from Glenorchy CIB, said the incident was concerning to police and the wider community. “I reassure the community that this incident was between people known to each other, and there is no threat to the wider community,” he said. “A thorough police investigation is being conducted into all aspects of these two incidents.” 

Inspector Morrisby urged anyone with information in relation to these incidents to contact Glenorchy CIB on 131 444 or report to Crime Stoppers, quoting reference number OR702473. Information can be provided anonymously.

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