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Three people assist police in suspected murder investigation

LATEST: Three people are assisting police with their investigation following a fatal shooting at Booval during the early hours of this morning.

Emergency services were alerted to the shooting in Stafford St shortly after 2am following a call to 000.

Police have identified the man, 26, who was killed but have not released any other details ahead of contacting his next of kin.

They said the man did not live at the address.

Detective Inspector Lew Strohfeldt said police were still trying to ascertain the events leading up to the fatal shooting.

He said police were treating the incident as a suspected homicide but remained tight-lipped throughout the day as to what unfolded inside the house.

Ben Caffery and his partner Jasmine Leigh Ockhuysen are assisting police with their investigations into the fatal shooting at Booval. Photo: Contributed
Ben Caffery and his partner Jasmine Leigh Ockhuysen are assisting police with their investigations into the fatal shooting at Booval. Photo: Contributed Contributed

"There are three people assisting us with our investigations," he said.

"They are doing so of their own volition.

"Two of them are residents of the house and the third is not."

Homeowner Ben Caffrey, 27, was taken to Ipswich Hospital with an injury to the back of his head stemming from the incident but was discharged several hours later.

He lives at the Booval house with his partner Jasmine Ockhuysen, 26, - both of who spent the afternoon at Yamanto police station being interviewed.

Another man, 24, who was an invited guest at the house and was present at the time of the shooting, is also assisting police with their investigations.

The Queensland Times understands the deceased man went to the house armed with a gun and forced his way inside the home.

It is believed an altercation took place near the front bedroom and he was shot dead.

It is understood the deceased man is known to Ms Ockhuysen.

Neighbours in the normally quiet street told the Queensland Times they were awoken at hearing at least two shots ring out in the middle of the night.

They said it was only a short time later police and emergency services arrived in numbers, immediately placing the area into lockdown.

Stafford St remained locked down for the majority of the day while detectives and scientific officers combed the house for evidence.

Police spent the morning conducting several doorknocks of nearby houses in the street, seeking information from residents.

A police source told the Queensland Times the Stafford St house was known to them and the incident could be a case of self-defence.

A police drone was launched during the afternoon and spend about 30 minutes mapping out the house and adjoining street as part of the ongoing investigation.

The man's body was removed from the house about 1pm and was taken to the John Tonge Centre where it will undergo an autopsy.

Police said investigations into the shooting were continuing and no charges had yet been laid.

Police and forensic officers inspect a Booval property where a man was fatally shot. The undertaker removes the body from the scene. Photo: Contributed / Seven News
Police and forensic officers inspect a Booval property where a man was fatally shot. The undertaker removes the body from the scene. Photo: Contributed / Seven News Contributed

 

UPDATE 3PM: Police are remaining tight-lipped about the circumstances surround the fatal shooting of a man at Booval earlier this morning.

It is understood the home owner, Ben Caffrey, and his partner, who were inside the house at the time of the shooting, are currently being interviewed by police.

Police indicated earlier they were not suspects.

Police have not released the identity of the deceased man and are in the process of contacting his next of kin.

Scientific officers have spent the day collecting evidence from inside the Stafford St house where the shooting occurred.

Earlier this afternoon they sent up a drone to map out the location as part of their investigation.

Neighbours in the normally quiet street told the Queensland Times they were awoken after hearing two loud bangs before police and emergency services descended onto the street.

 

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UPDATE 10.30AM: The man taken to hospital following a fatal shooting at Booval remains in a stable condition.

The Queensland Times understands the young man, Ben Caffrey, was the owner of the house where the shooting occurred and he lived there with his partner.

It is understood two other people went to the house, an altercation broke out and one was subsequently shot dead.

A source told the Queensland Times the house was known to police.

Mr Caffrey (pictured below) has since engaged legal representation.

Detective Senior Sergeant Lew Strohfeldt said earlier police were still trying to ascertain the events leading up to the fatal shooting.

He said police would continue their investigations throughout the day.

"There are three people assisting us with our investigations," he said.

"They are doing so of their own volition.

"Two of them are residents of the house and the third was not."

Det Sgt Strohfeld said police scientific officers would be working throughout the day to process the scene inside the house.

He said police were alerted to the incident following a triple 0 call.

"We still have to ascertain through the investigation as to how this male person has died and if anyone else was involved in causing the injury to him."

 

UPDATE 7.50AM: Two males and a female are assisting police with their inquiries following a fatal shooting at Booval this morning.

Police are unable to identify the man but said he was not a resident of the house.

Investigators say it is too early to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Investigations will continue throughout the day.

Police also say they are conducting extensive doorknocks of neighbouring properties and have yet to locate the weapon used.

 

UPDATE: A massive manhunt is underway following the shooting death of a man at Booval earlier this morning.

Neighbours reported hearing shots being fired shortly after 2am.

Police have cordoned off the street as forensic teams work inside the house and officers hunt for the attacker.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesman said a man at the scene was transported to Ipswich Hospital in a stable condition with a head injury and chest pain.

Police will address the media at 7.30am.

 

EARLIER: Ipswich police are investigating following the death of a man earlier this morning in Booval.

Police were called to an address on Stafford Road shortly after 2am following reports of a disturbance.

Police located a man at the address with suspected gunshot wounds shortly after arrival.

The man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A crime scene has been established and specialist police remain at the scene

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000.

Police at the scene of a fatal shooting in Booval on Friday morning.
Police at the scene of a fatal shooting in Booval on Friday morning.

 

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