A manhunt is underway after three children were pulled from a home during a dramatic early morning siege in Perth.
More than ten police and Tactical Response Group officers surrounded the home on Vanda Place in Maddington at about 5am on Wednesday, Perth Now reported.
The officers then reportedly negotiated with the occupants to remove the children and a woman from the house. A man, who is believed to be armed, fled the scene.
The woman is in police custody and is reportedly set to be charged, while the three children are in the care of a relative.
The incident unfolded in the early hours of the morning when police were notified of an altercation involving a firearm at about 1am.
A police statement said: ‘Around 1.20am it was reported to police that a man entered a house on Wingrove Road and threatened the male occupant with a firearm.
‘The offender then left the property in a Kia sedan.’
Police tried to stop the alleged culprit, who was later found in Lyrebird Way, Langford, at about 3.15am.
The driver allegedly failed to stop for officers and was then seen on Spencer Road near Fremantle Road, Gosnells.
Officers later found the car at the home on Vanda Place. It’s understood the residents are known to the alleged offender.
‘Officers from the Tactical Response Group attended and a search warrant was executed at the property,’ the police statement said.
‘The occupants of the house are currently assisting detectives with their inquiries.’
Armadale inspector Glen Willers said officers were careful when approaching the property.
‘We called in our negotiators to try make contact with the people in the house,’ he said.
‘We knew there were children inside the house, so through that negotiation they came out of the house without any incidents … we’re very patient and methodical with these things.
‘Unfortunately the offender is not here but we’ll regroup now and come up with some strategies to locate him.’
Insp Willers is confident the alleged offender, who is known to police, will be found today.
WA Police said the investigation is ongoing.
‘Detectives are appealing for information from the public to locate a man that may have been involved in the incidents,’ police said.
‘Police believe these are isolated incidents and that the people involved are known to each other.’
A WA Police spokesperson encouraged locals to avoid the area.
‘Members of the public are advised to avoid Westfield Street, between Helm Street and Sheoak Road in Maddington due to an ongoing police incident,’ the spokesperson said.