ARMED SIEGE: Man dances when arrested after police standoff
IT STARTED as a neighbourhood dispute but soon, swarms of police wearing bulletproof vests and carrying high-powered rifles had a home surrounded.
May St at Granville was in lock-down yesterday with spikes set down across each end of the road to prevent escape as police negotiated with the man inside.
It followed reports of a residential dispute involving property.
A 54-year-old man was allegedly seen with what appeared to be a firearm.
About 20 officers were called to the scene when the man hid inside the home.
The siege ended when the man surrendered peacefully about 2.45pm.
He then came to the front of the property, where he was arrested by police and taken into custody.
Inspector Paul Biggin said the man was assisting police with their investigations.
He said police believed the incident was related to a dispute with a neighbour living in the street.
"Residents immediately beside the man were fearful he would have a firearm, and subsequently contacted police," Insp Biggin said.
"The man was compliant with police once he surrendered, but like all alleged firearm offences we deal with them seriously and at that stage we didn't know what we were dealing with." A replica firearm was allegedly located at the property when police conducted their search.
Insp Biggin said charges were expected to be laid once the investigation concluded.
No-one was injured during the incident.
A resident living on the street told the Chronicle she was making coffee when she suddenly heard dozens of sirens tearing along the street.
Another resident said he was confronted by police blocking off the roads when he arrived back from work that afternoon.