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NSW: Man pointed gun at police in dramatic arrest

11 Dec 2008 10:29 AM

SYDNEY, Dec 11 AAP - A man pointed a gun at police before surrendering in a dramatic arrest in the carpark of a club which had just been held up, police say.

Police have charged four men after staff at a licensed club were confronted by two men wearing balaclavas and armed with a shotgun in Hexham in the NSW Hunter region about 11.30pm (AEDT) on Wednesday.

One man was arrested at gunpoint by officers from the State Protection Support Unit in the carpark as the pair made their getaway, police said.

"Police will allege one of the men pointed a firearm at police before he surrendered the weapon and was arrested," a police statement said.

A second man escaped in a Holden Commodore and was pursued by police along Old Maitland Road before the Commodore and a police car collided.

"The driver was then arrested and the cash recovered," police said.

Two other men were arrested a short time later at a home in Medowie.

A 23-year-old Medowie man has been charged with armed robbery, stealing a motor vehicle and driving a conveyance without consent.

A 21-year-old Belmont man, a 27-year-old Medowie man and a 29-year-old Windale man have each been charged with armed robbery.

All four men have been refused bail and are to appear at Newcastle Local Court later on Thursday.

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