75yo charged with murder after axe attack

Dominica Sanda

A 75-year-old man has been charged with murder after he allegedly hit another man with a car and struck him with an axe in a "violent" altercation in Sydney's west.

Officers found the 59-year-old man with a head wound on a street in Cabramatta West about 8.45pm on Thursday. He died at the scene.

Police say the two men were known to each other and had "some issues".

They allege the older man deliberately hit the younger man with a car before repeatedly striking him with an axe.

Police seized the axe and arrested the 75-year-old who was then taken to hospital for an unrelated medical condition.

The crime scene was "quite confronting" for police and others on the street, Acting Inspector Mitch Corfield said.

"It was a violent attack," Insp Corfield told reporters on Friday.

A resident who witnessed the incident said he saw the alleged attacker try to run away so he tackled him and called police.

"He had an axe on his side ... when I tackled him I saw the axe and I just threw it away," the man told 2GB radio.

The 75-year-old was released from hospital and taken back to Liverpool police station where he was charged with murder.

He's been refused bail to appear in Liverpool Local Court on Friday.