Police converge outside a house on Heritage Drive, Brassall where a man was holding siege.
Police converge outside a house on Heritage Drive, Brassall where a man was holding siege. Claudia Baxter

Siege drama in Brassall

A MAN barricaded himself in a house armed with a knife and a handgun in a dramatic siege in a quiet suburban street yesterday.

A woman, believed to be the partner of the 41-year-old Brassall man, phoned police just before 3pm after concerned neighbours reported hearing "two loud bangs" coming from the house.

The incident started at the home on the corner of Heritage Drive and Oprah Sts but the woman escaped just after 3.20pm.

She collapsed in the gutter after she fled and was treated by paramedics at the scene for shock.

Fourteen police crews and three ambulances raced to the scene as the situation escalated, with police negotiators trying to talk the man down over the phone as the dog squad arrived about 4pm.

A female witness living on Oprah St, directly behind the house, was whisked away with her two young children about the same time.

At 4.30pm a neighbour from two houses down told the QT his wife and two children had managed to leave the area without injury.

Inspector Merv Adamson spoke to the QT at 5.30pm and said the man made threats to himself, and officers were trying to establish if he had taken an overdose of illicit or prescription drugs.

"He barricaded himself inside the home and has made threats to himself - the woman wasn't held hostage and was not physically hurt," Insp Adamson said.

"We believe this is a result of a relationship breakdown and he wasn't taking the situation well. We are not rushing into the house at this stage and no one else is in danger."

The man, believed to be suffering from mental health issues, eventually surrendered at 6.45pm without incident and was taken into custody.

The Special Emergency Response Team was called in but the man surrendered before they arrived.

Heritage Dr resident Anne Johnston said she had never seen anything like the drama that unfolded in the usually quiet area before.

"It's always very quiet around here, most people own their homes here but we think this house is a rental," Mrs Johnston said.

"We've seen people do burn outs around traffic islands on their way to the home and sometimes there is shouting but usually they are pretty quiet."

Detectives interviewed the partner of the man on site and she returned around 6pm to talk to officers again. Investigations are still continuing.



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