Policeman shot in bushland manhunt
December 8, 2011
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ONE of the most wanted men in New South Wales has shot a police officer and eluded capture once again after a failed attempt to apprehend him over a 2005 murder.
A 33-year-old officer attached to the State Protection Group was wounded in the right shoulder about 7am yesterday at a remote campsite near Nowendoc, east of Tamworth.
Before police spotted fugitive Malcolm Naden, an unseen person fired a single gunshot and disappeared from the remote, rugged area.
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Malcolm Naden has been on the run since 2005.The wounded officer was flown to John Hunter Hospital. He received treatment and was later discharged.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione urged people in the area to remain vigilant but to put their safety first.
''Do not approach him [Naden], he is armed and he is dangerous,'' he said.
Assistant Commissioner Dave Hudson said officers had been searching for Naden in bushland near Nowendoc for several days. Naden disappeared in 2005.
Police said a significant number of officers had approached the campsite from different directions.
''It's very rare that he puts his head down twice in the same spot and he is constantly on the move,'' Assistant Commissioner Hudson said.
Naden, 38, disappeared from his grandparents' home in west Dubbo in June 2005, days before 24-year-old mother-of-two Kristy Scholes was found strangled in his bedroom.
His cousin, 24-year-old Lateesha Nolan, disappeared from Naden's home in January 2005 after dropping off two of her four children.
Naden is also wanted over the alleged indecent assault of a 15-year-old girl in Dubbo in 2004.
Police consider Naden a skilled bushman who is skilled at living off the land.