Siege in Maryland causes havoc


A man has been arrested following a siege at Newcastle earlier today.

At about 9.20am (Thursday 2 July), officers from Newcastle City Police District were called to Warkworth Street, Maryland, following reports of a domestic dispute.

Upon arrival, police were confronted by a man, armed with a knife, while two women and two children also remained inside the home.

A perimeter was established and during negotiations, the man armed himself with an air pellet gun and fired several rounds at police, with two officers – a sergeant and constable – hit. Both suffered minor injuries and did not require further treatment.

Specialist police units – including Negotiators, Tactical Operations Regional Support and Police Rescue – were deployed a short time later.

Residents were advised to avoid the area during the operation.

Negotiators spoke to the 30-year-old man for a short time before he was arrested about 11.15am after surrendering to police.

He was taken to Newcastle Police Station where he is currently assisting police with their inquiries.

The two women and two children inside the home at the time were uninjured and were assessed by NSW Ambulance paramedics at the scene.