Slain policeman, a father of six
THE NSW police force has offered prayers and support to the family of slain Tamworth highway patrol officer and father of six, Senior Constable David Rixon.
Snr Cnst Rixon, 40, was shot while on duty this morning outside a unit block in Lorraine St, Coledale just before 8am.
NSW Police Force Commissioner, Andrew Scipione offered his condolences to the Rixon family and colleagues of the highway patrolman.
Police from Oxley Local Area Command and NSW Ambulance paramedics responded to the incident and located Snr Cnst Rixon and another injured man.
Both were treated at the scene before being taken to Tamworth Base Hospital.
Snr Cst Rixon died a short time later.
The other man remains under police guard as he receives emergency treatment.
Meanwhile, a search was immediately launched for another man, who was allegedly seen leaving the scene straight after the shooting.
He was arrested a short time later and taken to Tamworth Police Station.
A Critical Incident Investigation Team is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
"40-year-old Senior Constable Rixon joined us in 1990 and has spent time serving in Tamworth, Gunnedah, Waratah, Belmont and Hamilton.
"He is survived by his wife Fiona and six children.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Senior Constable Rixon's family and colleagues," Commissioner Scipione said.
The Police Association of NSW (PANSW) said police are shocked over the tragic death.
"Today is an extremely sad day for police across NSW, and for the entire community," PANSW President Scott Weber said.
"All police officers, along their friends and families, have been shaken and saddened by the incident this morning.