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Siege in Wallan

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by Jackson Russell and Evelyn Leckie

A 22-YEAR-old man was arrested by police in Wallan at 6.50pm on Thursday, January 10 after a siege that lasted almost seven hours.

The man barricaded himself in a home at Forbes Boulevard around 12pm where police believed the man threatened himself and his family with a firearm.

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Half an hour before the arrest, police were heard providing a mobile number for the man to call to negotatie further.

The man eventually came out of the Forbes Boulevard home unarmed before he was arrested.

Mitchell Local Area Commander Peter Koger said at the time police were looking at all options to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

“We’re negotiating with him currently and hopefully we can resolve this safely and peacefully,” he said.

“It’s ongoing but there’s no risk to anyone else in the community, he’s on his own and we’re just hoping we can resolve it peacefully.”

Surrounding streets were still blocked as of 6pm, with attendance from multiple emergency services and the Victoria Police Special Operations Group.

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