19 February 2024

Police allege archer shot arrows at officers in Symonston

| Albert McKnight
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A 49-year-old man was scheduled to face court on Monday after being accused of firing arrows at police. Photo: Claire Fenwicke.

A man allegedly shot at police officers with a bow and arrows when they were called to his home in Symonston at around 1:45 pm on Saturday (17 February).

In what ACT Policing described as a “serious incident”, it is alleged that when they tried to speak to him, he became erratic and used a compound bow to shoot a hunting arrow towards them, narrowly missing an officer.

Shortly afterwards, specialist resources were deployed and arrived at his home.

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“Upon their arrival, it is alleged the man shot a second arrow towards police,” ACT Policing said.

“Specialist resources successfully negotiated with the man who was subsequently apprehended without further incident.”

Police searched his home and allegedly found a second compound bow with an arrow, as well as a double-barrel shotgun and ammunition.

The 49-year-old was handed two counts of using an offensive weapon in a way that is dangerous to a person. He was scheduled to face the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday (19 February).

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