Sydney woman dies after being shot in the face by ex-boyfriend
A Sydney woman has died after being fatally shot in her apartment by her ex-partner.
The post-mortem examination was held in the Holborn police station on Thursday.
The police were called to the apartment on the Gold Coast shortly before 1:00am (AEDT) after receiving a report of a domestic disturbance.
“Officers arrived to find a woman in a distressed state with a gunshot wound to the left upper left side of the face,” police said in a statement.
“She was pronounced dead at the scene.”
The postmortem examination found that the woman had suffered a “possible self-inflicted injury”, according to the statement.
The incident is being investigated by the NSW Police Service (NSWSP).
The NSW Police Crime Commission has launched an investigation.
“The investigation is ongoing, and we would ask anyone with information to contact the NSW Crime Commission,” the statement said.
“There is a possibility the shooting may be a result of domestic violence and the NSW State Government has advised that anyone who has witnessed this or any other incident of domestic abuse to contact their local police station.”
A statement from the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Industries (DPIIIA) said the “investigation is ongoing” and that the matter was being referred to the NSW Serious Crime Squad.
A woman has been arrested in relation to the death of a man in Melbourne’s west, where police have been investigating a domestic violence incident in the early hours of Friday morning.
The Melbourne woman, who was not named, has been charged with domestic violence assault causing grievous bodily harm, according to Victoria Police.
Victoria Police say they have been called to a house on St Albans Road in North Melbourne.
A police officer who arrived at the house around 1:30am (local time) found a “fearful and distressed” woman, believed to be in her 30s, with a “shot wound” to her head, according a statement from Victoria Police on Thursday afternoon.
“Victoria Police officers attended and attempted to resuscitate the victim and were then assisted by a paramedic,” the police statement said, adding that the police officer was treated at the emergency department.
The statement did not give any further details about the man or the woman’s circumstances.
The woman was taken to hospital and is in a stable condition, police said.
The man, who is also in his 30s and is believed to have been the victim’s ex-husband, is not in police custody.
The Victoria Police statement did say that the victim was shot “multiple times”.
Police did not immediately return a request for comment.
The shooting is the second time this week that an Australian woman has suffered a fatal shot in Melbourne.
On Monday, the NSW Parliament passed a motion that will give police greater powers to investigate domestic violence.
It was not immediately clear what would happen next with the investigation.
The Victorian Government says it will investigate.
Police are still investigating the case, the Victorian Police statement said: “Police have received information from witnesses who believe that a domestic incident occurred and that a woman was shot.
The investigation is currently ongoing and we are not able to provide any further information at this stage.”
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