25 August 2020

Police in overnight stand-off with armed man in Civic

| Michael Weaver
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Police have arrested a man following a stand-off in Civic overnight. Photo: File.

A 36-year-old Belconnen man has allegedly pointed a firearm at police officers during a lengthy stand-off in Civic last night.

Police were called to Bunda Street at about 10:45 pm on Monday (24 August) following reports the man was in possession of a firearm.

Police will allege the man pointed the firearm at the responding officers.

A cordon was established around the area and the man surrendered to police at about 1:15 am, without injury to anyone. During his arrest, the firearm was found to be a replica weapon.

AFP’s Specialist Response Group, tactical operations and crisis officers attended to secure the area, while hostage and negotiation operations officers attended to conduct negotiations with the man.

The man is due to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (25 August) on seven charges, including two counts of assault of a frontline community service provider, two counts of use of an offensive weapon, one charge of possession of a prohibited firearm, affray and conducting an act to cause public alarm.

An ACT Policing spokesperson said police are seeking the owner of a mobile phone they believe was taken by the man as officers first arrived. This person, and any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police, are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website and quote reference 6615557. Information can be provided anonymously.

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