Police have allegedly been fired at during a wild Perth chase, described by one high-ranking official as among “the most dynamic and critical incidents” he has seen.
A 36-year-old man was arrested and charged with 17 offences after the rampage was eventually stopped by police when they intercepted a truck and swooped on the driver on Thursday afternoon.
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The chase was sparked about 1.10pm when police spotted a stolen Mazda BT-50 ute on Albany Hwy in Kelmscott, in the city’s southeast. The ute had allegedly been stolen earlier in the day from Byford.
Authorities activated their emergency lights and sirens, but the driver allegedly fled, sparking a chase through several suburbs.
“During the pursuit, it will be alleged the driver pointed a long arm firearm out the window and discharged the firearm on three different occasions,” police said.
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“It will be further alleged, while travelling on South Western Hwy, the accused was seen moving the firearm in the vehicle before discharging a round of ammunition through the rear windscreen at pursuing police.”
No officers were hit or injured in the chaos, authorities have confirmed.
The accused, who was wearing a hi-vis singlet, is alleged to have abandoned the Mazda ute at a property in North Dandalup, pointing his firearm at Police Air Wing crew monitoring overhead, before stealing an Isuzu truck and taking off.
Tactical response officers finally ended the pursuit by tagging the truck with their own vehicle, spinning it out of action, before the accused was apprehended.
“(It’s) one of the most dynamic and critical incidents that I’ve seen,” Commander Gordon Fairman said on Friday.
Police have allegedly been fired at during a pursuit in Perth. Credit: Supplied/WA PoliceTactical response officers finally ended the pursuit after spinning a truck out of control. Credit: Supplied/WA Police
Police Air Wing captured the dramatic incident from the sky, offering what Fairman said was a “front-row seat” to the ordeal.
A 36-year-old Welshpool man has been charged by the Gang Crime Squad detectives with 17 offences, including stealing, trespass, reckless driving to escape police, being armed in a way that may cause fear, and intent to cause harm by striking with a projectile.
He is due to appear in Armadale Magistrates Court on Friday, and police say the investigation is ongoing.