Hostage Situation Leads to Siege in Brighton, Melbourne

8 June , 2017

On Monday June 5th at 4pm, police received emergency calls reporting an explosion at a serviced apartment building in Bay Street, Brighton in Melbourne’s south-east.Armed with a shotgun, a 29 year old man from Roxburgh Park, took a woman hostage in one of the building’s apartments. A call was made by the woman to 000 informing police that a man had been killed and she was currently being held hostage. Police arrived and found the body of a male employee in the foyer.After a two-hour standoff the armed assailant exited the apartment, where a shootout followed with counter-terror police officers, resulting in the assailant’s death. Three police officers suffered injuries. One officer received treatment at the scene, while two others were hospitalised for gun-shot wounds.Victorian Police Commissioner Graham Ashton confirmed police are treating the incident as an act of terrorism.Hostage situations can occur due to a diverse range of reasons and incident drivers, such as an intentionally planned incident (such as an act of terrorism), a failed armed robbery, drug-related crime, etc.For more information on hostage situations and response procedures, the First 5 Minutes Team are available to provide advice and further discussion.

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