Armed stand-off in Sydney

Last updated 21:41 31/12/2013
Armed police sealed off a block on Sydney's Parramatta Road
Sydney Morning Herald
STAND-OFF: Heavily armed police sealed off a block on Sydney's Parramatta Road after a shooting at a pub.

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A dramatic siege has unfolded in Sydney's inner west after police arrested two people over a shooting and began searching for a third.

The incident began when a 56-year-old man walked into Petersham police station on Tuesday morning with a gunshot wound to his foot, claiming he had been shot and robbed at a Leichhardt unit. He refused to go to hospital.

Police then arrested a 33-year-old-man and 21-year-old woman at the unit in Hay Street but when they found out a third person may have been involved, they returned to the apartment, above an abandoned shop near Parramatta Road.

Heavily armed police stormed the unit at 3.30pm.

The tactical operations unit and dog squad surrounded the abandoned building while a negotiator broadcast messages threatening to storm it if those inside did not come out.

"You are surrounded by heavily armed police," the negotiator said.

"Occupants of the unit, we have a search warrant to enter the premises. We require all occupants of the unit to exit through the front door with their hands clearly off to the side with their palms facing upwards."

Police stormed the building but came out 20 minutes later without anyone in custody.

Police are now searching for a man described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in his mid to late 20s, about 182 centimetres tall, with long blond hair and a solid build.

He was last seen wearing a white-coloured top and white pants. He may also be armed with a firearm.

Anyone who sees the man should not approach him, but instead callTriple-0 immediately.

The licensee of the neighbouring Bald Faced Stag pub said officers had been swarming the block all day on Tuesday.

An ambulance spokeswoman said paramedics were called to Petersham police station at 10.30am to attend to a man who had been shot in the foot but did not take the man to hospital.

They were called again to Parramatta Road in Leichhardt at 2pm and took one man to Royal Prince Alfred hospital with a gunshot wound to the foot.

They were asked to stay during the stand-off but left once the situation had been resolved.

Two citybound lanes and all westbound lanes of Parramatta Road remain open. One citybound lane is blocked.

Reports on Twitter said that the airspace over Leichhardt had also been shut down but Airservices Australia said this was incorrect.


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- Sydney Morning Herald

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