A body is found in Roselands’ home

Two police officers suffer acid burns when they storm into the house with a body and find it filled with a chemical substance – while a relative is arrested in the man’s death

  • Man arrested after 91-year-old found dead
  • An elderly man was stabbed to death in Roselands, Sydney
  • A 24-year-old is in the hospital under police guard

Two police officers have suffered chemical burns after storming into a house in south-west Sydney filled with a corrosive chemical where a 91-year-old man was found dead.

The elderly man who had been stabbed was discovered by NSW Police officers at a house in Roselands around 9:15pm on Wednesday evening.

The man’s distraught son made the grisly discovery and contacted police, who subsequently arrested another male family member at a nearby home.

Fire and Rescue NSW had to be called to the scene after two officers suffered minor chemical burns.

Superintendent Sheridan Waldau said the chemical found at the scene was hydrochloric acid, which is commonly used to adjust pH in swimming pools.

She said the substance had been spread throughout the house but did not appear to be on the body.

The elderly man, who is believed to have been stabbed, was discovered by NSW Police officers at a house in Roselands on Wednesday night (pictured, local police).

The elderly man, who is believed to have been stabbed, was discovered by NSW Police officers at a house in Roselands on Wednesday night (pictured, local police).

The officers were treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to St George’s Hospital, where one was given oxygen to treat his burns.

Both officers have since been fired.

A 24-year-old male relative was arrested around 11:15 p.m. and taken to hospital, where he remains under police guard.

Superintendent Waldau said the 24-year-old had recently caught the eye of police and was being treated and operated on for injuries.

NSW Police believe the incident is domestic violence related.

Superintendent Waldau said the victim’s son was very distressed and needed to be temporarily held.

“It was a very emotional and volatile scene,” she told reporters Thursday.

“As a result, the police had to step in and arrest him. He has not been arrested and he will not be charged.’

A young man remains in hospital under police guard after a 91-year-old man was found dead in south-west Sydney (pictured, local police).

A young man remains in hospital under police guard after a 91-year-old man was found dead in south-west Sydney (pictured, local police).

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Emma Colton

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