Man found dead in back of ute after woman flags down police

A man who was shot dead has been found in the back of a ute in northern NSW after a woman flagged down emergency services.

Homicide squad detectives said authorities were responding to a report of a crash outside a Dundurrabin home on Thursday afternoon when the woman flagged them down.

“The body of a man was located in the rear tray of the utility,” NSW Police said in a statement on Friday, adding the 40-year-old victim had suffered a gunshot wound to his torso.

A man who was shot dead has been found in the back of a ute in northern NSW after a woman flagged down emergency services. Source: AAP, file

Police later located two cars which had crashed outside the home. They believe the crash and the shooting are related.

They are also searching for a firearm after locating ammunition.

The 37-year-old woman who flagged down police was arrested but subsequently released pending further inquiries. She knew the man, detectives said.

A crime scene was established at an Armidale Road home which is being forensically examined.

Police are calling for anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or crash to contact them.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page.