Police have dismissed social media reports of a siege involving a gunman in Belconnen Town Centre this morning, describing the incident as a routine police operation that was now resolved and assuring Canberrans they held no concerns for public safety.
A spokesperson for ACT Policing said the operation took place on Chandler Street in Belconnen between 10am and 11am this morning.
A RiotACT reader wrote to alert us to the police activity, asking, “What’s happening in Belconnen? Police, tactical police and streets closed???”
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A series of tweets describing the incident this morning as a siege involving a gunman have since been deleted. RiotACT approached the holder of the account that published the allegations to find out what led them to do so but has not received a reply.
A witness to the incident told The Canberra Times that police took a man from inside an apartment block on Chandler Street away in a paddy wagon after attempting to negotiate with him via a loudspeaker.