An Ocean Vista Standoff With Police

A four-hour charade

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Tasmanian Police arrested a 37-year-old man after a four-hour standoff near Burnie on Wednesday night.

Police were called out to Arthur Street property in Ocean Vista following a noise complaint about midnight, where a man was allegedly seen in the possession of a gun threatening to use it.

Special Operations Group along with Police negotiated with the man for four hours, where a “tactical resolution to the incident” finally bought him down safely.

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

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

- Commander Debbie Williams

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

The Tasmania Briefing

Anyone with information should contact Burnie CIB on 131444 or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or here

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3 June 2021

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