Australian Police Shoot Man Who Took Five Hostages

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

A 26-year-old man in Mosman Park, Australia, was shot twice by police after a nearly two-hour stand off involving five hostages on June 23. The unidentified man was wielding what turned out to be a fake gun and he remains in critical condition at a hospital in nearby Perth.

During the standoff, the attacker posted about the situation on Facebook. “Tonight I am going die,” he wrote. Minutes later, he posted another status: “I will be shot police.”

Perth Now reported the situation began when the man went to the home to confront a woman with whom he had previously been in a relationship. Though it’s unclear if she was one of the five hostages, one of them did know the attacker. 

Assistant Police Commissioner Michelle Fyfe told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation the hostages, three men aged 21, 24 and 25, and two women, aged 22 and 59, were traumatized by their ordeal. Some of the hostages were reportedly tied up with cables and had to be carried out by police. 

Heavily armed police ended the siege by shooting the attacker after negotiations over the phone gradually deteriorated. In addition to the hostage situation, neighbors were evacuated because investigators deemed a package in the home suspicious, although that turned out to be a false alarm.

"I'm not speculating at this stage on the circumstances, that's under investigation, hopefully later today we can provide you with some more information," said Perth Police Inspector Rob Harrison.

Fyfe added: “A range of very serious offenses is being considered at this time and they include deprivation of liberty, assault and going armed to cause fear. The fact that the weapon was a replica does not limit us in any way regarding these charges.”

Sources: Perth Now, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Image: Screenshot via Perth Now