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Shooting puzzles police

POLICE say they are unsure why a bleeding burglar fired a shot during an ill-fated break-in at a Fernvale home.

The offender broke into a house on Burns St between 11pm and midnight on Friday, smashing a window to get in.

Ipswich's Detective Senior Sergeant Gary Dixon said the intruder cut his arm on the window, leaving a large amount of blood at the crime scene.

While inside, the offender also fired a shot from a .32 calibre handgun.

A bullet hole caused by a .32 calibre projectile was later found in the floor of the home.

Police were unable to explain why the shot was fired, but believe the culprit was alone in the house at the time.

Apart from the intruder, nobody was harmed during the break-in. The burglar fled the house with an undisclosed quantity of alcohol.

Snr Sgt Dixon said police began their investigation on Saturday and by Sunday had executed a search warrant on another home in the Fernvale area. It was there where they arrested and charged a 38-year-old man.

The search also uncovered a .32 handgun allegedly used to fire the shot through the floor.

The accused man, Adam Dineen, appeared at Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday and applied for bail, which police formally opposed.

Dineen's defence lawyer said he would live with a friend in North Ipswich if bail were granted, but a check on the friend's criminal history revealed recent convictions for weapons and drugs.

Dineen was charged with entering a dwelling and committing an indictable offence, dangerous conduct with a weapon, possessing explosives and two counts of unlawfully possessing weapons.

The application was adjourned to today.

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