Man charged with firearm offences after Little Bridge Street arrest
|09/07/2018||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
Special Operations Group members at the scene on Monday. PICTURE: MELISSA PARKERA MAN will appear at the Ballarat Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning, following a dramatic arrest in central Ballarat.
Witnesses described seeing four heavily armed police officers with automatic weapons pin-down the man at the front of UFS Dispensaries pharmacy on Little Bridge Street just before midday on Monday.
The East Ballarat man, 44, was taken into custody and he appeared at an out of court sessions hearing at the Ballarat Police Station at 6pm on Monday.
He was charged with a range of assault and firearm offences and was remanded in custody to appear in court on Tuesday.
The arrest was part of a joint operation between Ballarat detectives and the Victoria Police Special Operations Group.
Ballarat Criminal Investigation Unit Senior Sergeant Dave Hermit said the arrest followed an incident that occurred on Sunday that allegedly involved a firearm.
The Courier understands the SOG members followed the man for a short time around Ballarat’s CBD in a vehicle prior to the arrest.
Police blocked Little Bridge Street between Peel and Grenville Streets until 12.30pm.
Police took photos at the scene, including of a red Holden Commodore wagon parked out the front of UFS Dispensaries.
The vehicle was damaged on the front and rear and was later towed away.
There were dozens of onlookers at the scene watching the arrest.
One witness, who was sitting at Little Bridge Street bus stop with her three-year-old child, said the arrest came without warning.
“It was so incredibly fast… they just pinned him down,” she said.
“There was no warning, nothing.”
She said the heavily armed police surrounded the man’s station wagon and demanded he lie on the ground.
Another witness told The Courier it was a scary situation.
“The guns were scary enough,” they said.
“Police told us to stay back and not to move. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
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