A Rockingham man will have one of his toes amputated after he was shot by an illegal firearm, usually used against sharks, during an aggravated robbery.
The incident occurred last-Saturday about 1am.
Det-Sen. Const. Paul Johnson from Rockingham detectives said the 33-year-old man and his partner were woken by noises coming from an external storeroom at their Jupiter Bend home.
Sen. Const. Johnson said the male victim went to investigate the noise and confronted two male intruders.
“He was subsequently shot in the foot with a shark defender or a smokie,” he said.
“It is usually used to fend off sharks.
“I have never come across this type of weapon before, so it’s a bit of a bizarre one. A bullet is fired out of it and it has the ability to hold rounds.”
Sen. Const. Johnson said the firearm may have caused more serious injury if fired elsewhere.
The firearm is illegal and no licences are available in WA.
The victim underwent an operation at Royal Perth Hospital on Sunday to have the projectile removed.
It is understood the man will have one of his toes amputated as a result of the incident.
Nothing was stolen from the property but the couple were shaken by the experience.
Police are looking for the two offenders who made off on foot and have been described as Caucasian, in their 20s, 180cm tall, of medium build and wearing dark hooded jumpers.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.