Two police officers remain in hospital after being shot while responding to a domestic violence incident in northern NSW.
A 74-year-old man is believed to have shot the officers before he was found dead inside a house on Church St, Glen Innes, on Friday night.
A neighbour told the Sunday Telegraph the man was a keen trophy hunter who had a lot of taxidermy in his house including giraffes and bears.
Senior Constable Helen McMurtrie was shot in the throat and her sergeant colleague Mark Johnston on the side of his face after speaking to the man, while a third uninjured female officer also attended the scene.
The probationary constable and sergeant pulled Senior Constable McMurtrie to their vehicle in what Western Region Commander Assistant Commissioner Geoff said described as "great courage".
Neighbours helped the injured police until the paramedics arrived.
"I grabbed (the female officer's) neck where she was shot and then, yeah, just waiting there with them until the police and the ambulance come," Bryce Elliott told media.
It's believed a further shot was heard before additional police arrived and found the man dead.
A 59-year-old woman was also found nearby with minor injuries.
Both injured officers were flown to Gold Coast Hospital where they remain.
Sergeant Johnston has received treatment and is in a stable condition while Senior Constable McMurtrie has undergone surgery and will receive further treatment.
Nine News reported on Sunday morning that Senior Constable McMurtrie’s family said doctors had been able to remove almost all of the bullet fragments from her throat but she remains in an induced coma.
Assistant Commissioner McKechnie told reporters on Saturday it was gratifying to see the way the officers had looked after one another.
"We're very mindful that last night we could have lost two officers very easily here in this incident; thank goodness we haven't," Mr McKechnie said.
Police have launched a critical incident investigation and will present their findings to the coroner.
NSW Police Legacy has established an appeal to directly help the two officers and their families in their rehabilitation.