Man charged after a four hour stand off with police

Tasmania Police

A 37-year-old man was taken into custody yesterday after a standoff with police in Arthur Street, Ocean Vista in the state’s north-west.

Police were called to the scene on Wednesday evening following a noise complaint at approximately midnight. Upon arrival, the man was seen to be in possession of, and threatening to use a firearm.

Police negotiated with the man over a period of four hours, with the man being safely taken into custody at approximately 3.50am following a tactical resolution to the incident with the assistance of the Special Operations Group. 

The man received minor injuries during the arrest. The firearm was later determined to be a replica rifle.

“At no stage was there any threat to a member of the public.” Commander Debbie Williams said. 

“The tactical resolution was employed after the situation escalated in a very short space of time, and after peaceful negotiations were not progressing.”

“The use of specialist capabilities in support of general duties police, including Special Operations Group, negotiators and drones, were key to peacefully resolving this incident.” Commander Williams said. 

Following an investigation, the 37-year-old man has now been charged with the following:

  • Unlawfully carry dangerous article in a public place
  • Possess a Firearm when not the holder of a firearm licence of the appropriate category.
  • Use a firearm whilst under the influence of alcohol or another drug.
  • Carry firearm with the intent to resist arrest.
  • Fail to take all precautions to ensure safekeeping of firearm.
  • Possess a controlled plant or its product.
  • Using controlled plant or its product.
  • Request another person to send any firearm, firearm part or ammunition by mail to an address in Tasmania.

The man was remanded in custody to appear in the Burnie Magistrates Court at 11.15am today via video link. 

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