Police investigating firearms incident at Granton
Police are investigating the circumstances of a firearms incident at Granton early this morning which resulted in the death of a man.
Around 11.50pm 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.
Around 1.30am this morning, police received a report of a firearms discharge at a property on Black Snake Road 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 was transported to the Royal Hobart Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. It is anticipated the man will be interviewed by police later today.
Detective Inspector Troy Morrisby from Glenorchy CIB said “Understandably this incident is 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.”
“A thorough police investigation is being conducted into all aspects of these two incidents.”
Anyone with information in relation to the incidents is urged to contact Glenorchy CIB on 131 444 or report to crimestopperstas.com.au – quote reference number OR702473. Information can be provided anonymously.