A NSW police officer involved in the hunt for alleged murderer Malcolm Naden has been shot by a sniper in bushland east of Tamworth.The 32-year-old officer was shot by a sniper during an altercation, the Daily Telegraph reports.
The Daily Telegraph also reports the Army is believed to have been called in to aid police in their search.
The officer, who was hit in the shoulder, is in a stable condition in John Hunter Hospital, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Police had been searching for Naden in the area around Nowendoc, east of Tamworth.
The former abattoir worker and alleged murderer has been one of NSW's most wanted men since 2005.
Police revealed in February this year that Naden was believed to be hiding out in wild bushland on the state's mid-north coast.
At the same time the reward for information leading to his capture was doubled to $100,000.
Naden, 37, is alleged to have murdered Kristy Scholes, a 24-year-old mother of two in Dubbo on June 21 or 22, 2005.
Ms Scholes was found dead in her home in Dubbo.
Naden is also a suspect in the disappearance of his cousin Laches Nolan and the alleged aggravated indecent assault of a 15-year-old girl in Dubbo in May 2004.