Dramatic footage of strike force detectives arresting a man in his underwear who was later charged over a fatal Christmas shooting in NSW’s Hunter Region last year has been released.
On Tuesday morning, NSW Police executed a search warrant at a home in Boomerang Beach, about 20km south of Forster, and arrested a 24-year-old man.
He was subsequently charged with murder nearly one year after 25-year-old Zachery Davies-Scott was fatally shot in a suspected “home invasion gone wrong”.
Mr Davies-Scott, who was called “Donnie”, was shot in his home on Traders Way in Heddon Greta, about 20km east of Cessnock, about 10.50pm on Tuesday, December 27 after a group of people allegedly forced entry into the home.
Mr Davies-Scott was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics but died at the scene.
Police allege the 25-year-old was killed in a suspected “home invasion gone wrong” during which a 52-year-old woman suffered minor injuries while attempting to fight off the alleged attackers.
Mr Davies-Scott’s pregnant partner was among other uninjured family members who witnessed the incident.
Police believe the group fled the scene in a white SUV along Main Rd in Heddon Greta. Police later seized a white 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander from a street in Boolaroo near Newcastle in February 2023.
Detectives arrested the 24-year-old man in Boomerang Beach about 6am on Tuesday and subsequently took him to Forster Police Station, where he was charged with murder.
He is expected to appear before Maitland Local Court on January 10, 2024.
Following his arrest, another 24-year-old man was arrested about 6am on Thursday after a search warrant was executed in Cessnock.
He was taken to Cessnock Police Station and is expected to also be charged with murder, according to police.