14 October 2022

Wanted man charged after police siege in Wagga

| Chris Roe
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Police siege

A wanted man has been charged over last week’s siege on Travers Street. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

A wanted man has been charged following a siege in Wagga Wagga last week.

At about 4:20 pm on Thursday 6 October, officers from Riverina Police District attended a unit on Travers Street to speak to a man who was wanted on two outstanding warrants.

When police arrived, the man allegedly threatened police and became aggressive.

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The man – who was allegedly armed – remained inside the home, with local and specialist police – including negotiators and Tactical Operations Regional Support (TORS) officers – establishing a perimeter around the premises.

Negotiations continued throughout the night and at about 9:20 am the following day (7 October) police entered the unit.

It will be alleged the man remained aggressive and a taser was deployed to take him into custody.

The 30-year-old man was taken to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital for treatment.

Upon release from hospital yesterday (13 October), the man was taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station.

He was charged with his outstanding warrants and additional offences of using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, possessing a shortened firearm without authority, intimidating a police officer in execution of duty, not keeping a firearm safely and possessing ammunition without holding a licence/permit/authority.

The man was refused bail to appear before Wagga Wagga Local Court today (14 October).

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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