Police charge man after siege incident at Newcastle

A man has been charged following a siege at Newcastle earlier today.

About 9.20am (Thursday 2 July 2020), officers from Newcastle City Police District were called to Warkworth Street, Maryland, following reports of a domestic dispute.

Upon arrival, police were confronted by a man, allegedly armed with a knife, while two women and two children also remained inside the home.

A perimeter was established and during negotiations, the man allegedly armed himself with an air pellet gun and fired several rounds at police, with two officers – a sergeant and constable – hit. Both suffered minor injuries and did not require further treatment.

Specialist police units – including Negotiators, Tactical Operations Regional Support and Police Rescue – were deployed a short time later.

Negotiators spoke to the 30-year-old man for a short time before he surrendered to police about 11.15am and was arrested.

He was taken to Newcastle Police Station and charged with common assault (DV), destroy or damage property (DV), discharge firearm with intent to resist arrest, fire firearm manner likely injure persons/property, use unauthorised prohibited firearm, not keep firearm safely-prohibited firearm, armed with intent commit indictable offence, assault police officer in execution of duty cause actual bodily harm, and assault police officer in execution of duty without actual bodily harm.

The man was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court tomorrow (Friday 3 July 2020).

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