Man in custody after Burnie incident

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

Police were called to the scene following a noise complaint about 12 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 about 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.”

Burnie Criminal Investigation Branch is currently investigating the incident.

“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.

Anyone with information should contact Burnie CIB on 131444 or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestopperstas.com.au

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