Loaded gun found at scene of 7-hour police stand-off

UPDATE, MONDAY 9.30AM: A LOADED rifle, ammunition and drugs were among the items found at the sight of a seven-hour police stand-off in South Grafton last week.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command attended the industrial unit in Induna Street shortly before 1am, and at 8.40am, a 46-year-old man was taken into custody without incident.

In a subsequent search of the premises police allegedly located a loaded rifle, ammunition, a quantity of cash and prohibited drugs including MDMA and cannabis.

The man has been charged with 19 firearms and drug supply offences, and was refused bail to appear at Grafton Bail Court.

Man charged after seven-hour stand-off - South Grafton
Friday, 15 July 2016 10:17:46 PM

A man has been charged after a seven-hour stand-off with police at South Grafton today.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command attended an industrial unit in Induna Street, shortly before 1am (Friday 15 July 2016), intending to speak with a man, who was wanted on 19 arrest warrants.

Police formed a perimeter around the unit and initiated negotiations with the man.

About 8.40am, a 46-year-old man was taken into custody without incident.

In a subsequent search of the premises police allegedly located a loaded rifle, ammunition, a quantity of cash and prohibited drugs including MDMA and cannabis.

The man was taken to Grafton Police Station, where he was charged with 19 firearms and drug supply offences.

The man was refused bail to appear at Grafton Bail Court tomorrow (Saturday 16 July 2016).

 

SATURDAY: HEAVILY-armed police in bulletproof vests surrounded an industrial unit early yesterday morning and waited for more than seven hours until a 46-year-old man wanted on 19 arrest warrants was taken into custody.

The police stand-off, which caused several streets to be blocked off in South Grafton's industrial precinct, began shortly before 1am, when officers from the Coffs/Clarence Command attended an industrial unit on Induna St to speak with the Grafton man.

A number of police formed a perimeter around the site and initiated negotiations with the man.

Coffs/Clarence Inspector Brendan Gorman said specialist police resources were used due to a risk to police and the public.

"Police take a number of precautions to protect themselves, members of the public and people they want to talk to so sometimes specialist police are required," he said.

"(They) spoke to the male on the telephone and managed to negotiate with him to leave the premises.

"Police have spent a considerable amount of time looking for this man, and yes, it is a successful outcome at this stage."

The father of the wanted man also provided some assistance at the scene, he said.

The 46-year-old was taken into custody without incident about 8.40am and was taken to the Grafton Police Station for questioning.

More information on arrest warrant charges is expected to become clear when the man appears in Grafton Local Court today.


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