Noon update: Police had to use tasers this morning to end a 17-hour siege in Wagga Wagga.
At approximately 4:20 pm yesterday (Thursday, October 6), officers from the Riverina Police Department went to a unit on Travers Street, Wagga Wagga, and spoke with a man wanted on two outstanding warrants. .
When police arrived, the man allegedly threatened them and became aggressive.
The man, who was allegedly armed, remained inside the house, and local professional police, including negotiators and Tactical Operations Area Support (TORS) officers, set up a perimeter around the house.
Negotiations continued overnight and today (Friday 7 October 2022) at around 9:20 am the police entered the force.
The man remained aggressive and a taser was said to have been deployed for his detention.
A 30-year-old man was taken to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital and is being treated in a stable condition.
8 am: Traffic on busy Travers Street in Wagga was diverted this morning as a large police investigation continues.
Early Friday morning, the city end of Travers Street was closed between the trail and Beckwith Street, allowing only select residents to proceed beyond the checkpoint.
Beginning around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, a large number of ambulances converged on the scene, including multiple police cars, ambulances, fire engines and rescue vehicles.
The scene remained active through the night, with the local transit service being called in to free police and close the streets early on Friday.
At 9:30 this morning, an ambulance, accompanied by police, left the unit complex.
Emergency services began packing and a number of tactical officers armed with rifles left the scene.
A police officer confirmed that “no one was hurt” and that the situation was resolved peacefully.
A resident of the Travers Street unit said region He was asked to leave his home on Thursday night after police had advised him that they had found a wanted fugitive within the complex.
He said residents along the road were allowed in and out, but those in the unit were not allowed to return.
Another resident reported hearing loud arguments and said police were using megaphones to converse with agitated individuals late into the night.
NSW Police have yet to confirm details of the operation, other than that it took place on Travers Street, near Broad Street. They asked the public to avoid the area.
Original article published by Chris Roe in Region Riverina.