On the run

Police searching for two men near Wagga Wagga have reminded locals of the need to be vigilant and to contact Triple Zero immediately if they spot the men.

Mark Stocco
Mark Stocco
Gino Stocco
Gino Stocco

Shortly after 2pm yesterday, police from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command attempted to stop a silver Nissan Navara 4WD on the Henty to Cookardinia Road, Mangoplah.

When the vehicle failed to stop, a pursuit was commenced.

A short time later, on the Kreutzbergers Road, one of the two men travelling in the car shot at the police car; one of the bullets hit the front grill of the police vehicle, forcing the highway patrol car to stop.

The pursuit was temporarily terminated before it was resumed about 2.25pm by other police vehicles. Again, the occupants of the Nissan shot at police, this time discharging a firearm at another highway patrol vehicle

The pursuit was terminated near the intersection of Pulletop Road and Cheviot Hills Road, Pulletop, and police set up a command centre at the location.

No police were injured.

A large scale search of the location commenced and around 7.15pm, police located the Nissan in bushland off the Hume Highway, about 5km south of Tumbarumba Road.

Stirke Force Kalkadoon has been formed to manage the search and investigation, and comprises a large number of officers from local and specialist commands based in the southern region of NSW.

The Victoria Police Air Wing is also assisting.

Police believe the two men in the car to be Gino and Mark Stocco, a father and son from Queensland, who are wanted in a number of Australian states for a range of alleged criminal offences.

It is understood the men  have eluded police since 2007 and are wanted in connection to a range of issues including identity theft, property theft, arson, wilful damage and assault.

In the most current photos police have on file, Gino Stocco is depicted as having grey hair, a grey beard and brown eyes. He is 58 years of age.

The most recent photo police have of Mark Stocco, depicts him as having dark brown, medium-length hair, a dark brown beard and brown eyes. He is 35 years of age.

Police are warning the public to contact Triple Zero (‘000’) immediately if they see either of the two men. Under no circumstances should members of the public approach the men, who are considered armed and dangerous.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/