Man in custody after allegedly having firearm in Dalyellup home

Shannon VerhagenSouth Western Times
Police and Tactical Response Group officers cordoned off an area in Dalyellup this morning.
Camera IconPolice and Tactical Response Group officers cordoned off an area in Dalyellup this morning. Credit: Shannon Verhagen

A 23-year-old Bunbury man is in custody after allegedly having a firearm in a Dalyellup home where a child was present, sending the street into lockdown for almost four hours.

About 9am this morning, police attended a residence on Murtin Road after a woman at the house sent texts to friends indicating a man known to her was inside with a gun.

A police command post was established and extra reinforcements were deployed, including officers and an armoured vehicle from the Tactical Response Group, a police aircraft and a police negotiator.

Several marked and unmarked police cars cordoned off the area and South West District Superintendent Geoff Stewart said neighbours were contacted and told to stay inside their homes.

Police and Tactical Response Group officers cordoned off an area in Dalyellup this morning.
Camera IconPolice and Tactical Response Group officers cordoned off an area in Dalyellup this morning. Credit: Shannon Verhagen

Occupants of the home — including the woman who sent the texts and a child — were able to exit the premises safely.

Just before 1pm, Supt. Stewart said the man then exited the home without issue and was taken into custody, where he is assisting police with enquiries.

Emergency services were on standby on a neighbouring street, but no-one was injured.

Supt. Stewart said situations like this were “frightening,” but was pleased everyone had been able to exit safely and there had been no injuries.

“We always plan for the worst and fortunately this came out really well for us,” he said.

No charges have been laid at this stage.

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