Investigations continue after man dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound in Williamtown

Police responded to a call regarding the man’s welfare, before he was eventually located deceased on Stockton Beach, Williamtown.

INVESTIGATIONS are ongoing after the death of a man in Williamtown on Sunday night.

Just after 9pm on Sunday 18 June 2023, officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District were called to a home in Sproule Crescent, Thornton, over concerns for a man’s welfare.

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Police were told the 36-year-old man, who was armed with a firearm, had left the property in a vehicle.

“Following inquiries, the vehicle was located travelling on Newline Road, Seaham a short time later,” a NSW Police spokesperson said.

“When the vehicle did not stop, a police pursuit was initiated.

“The vehicle came to a stop near Stockton Beach, Williamtown, and the man ran onto the beach.

“He was located deceased suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

A crime scene was established and a critical incident team from Tuggerah Lakes Police District will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident.

That investigation will be subject to an independent review.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or


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