4 Dec 2015

Alleged gunman arrested in Sydney after siege

10:21 am on 4 December 2015

An alleged gunman has been arrested after a seven-hour siege at an aparment block in Sydney, Australian reports say.


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The Daily Telegraph said tactical police swarmed the area around Maxwells Ave, Ashcroft, in the south-west of the city.

The newspaper said officers were confronted by the heavily armed man screaming on the footpath, before he retreated inside the residential complex.

Police negotiaters used a loudspeaker to try to convince him to surrender.

The Sydney Morning Herald said the police's tactical operations unit attended and residents were told to stay indoors unless ordered to evacuate.

A New South Wales police spokesman told the newspaper they were called just before midnight on Thursday.

It is understood neighbours raised the alarm after seeing the armed man on the street.

When officers arrived, the armed man confronted them before fleeing inside.

The spokesman could not confirm reports that the agitated man was yelling at police about his dog as he confronted them in the street.