Driver found with gunshot wound 'after ute hit a tree'

·Assistant News Editor

NSW police have commenced a homicide investigation following the death of a man was found behind the wheel with a gunshot wound in Port Stephens on Sunday afternoon. 

Authorities were called to the scene after reports the vehicle had collided with a tree. 

Police and NSW ambulance paramedics were called to Hideaway Drive, Salt Ash shortly before 2pm. 

Upon arriving at the scene a male driver of a Ford Ranger ute was found suffering a gunshot wound. He could not be revived and died at the scene, NSW police said in a statement.

A man has died after being found with a gunshot wound following reports of his ute hitting a tree. Source: Nine News
A man has died after being found with a gunshot wound following reports of his ute hitting a tree. Source: Nine News

The driver has not been formally identified and the death is being treated as suspicious.

A crime scene was established after a second vehicle was found burnt out nearby.

Both cars are set to be examined by specialist forensic officers.

Detectives, assisted by the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, have established Strike Force Breve to investigate the man's death. 

Police are urging anyone with information or useful dashcam video to come forward.

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