A 42-year-old Orange man who held police at bay for one-and-a-half hours and threatened to shoot them was refused bail in Orange Local Court yesterday.
Shane Wallace’s solicitor Patrick Rudd applied for bail at the special court hearing, however, it was refused by registrar Olivia Lee, with Wallace to remain in custody until he reappears in court next week.
Senior Constable Dave Penny said Wallace’s threats to shoot police were sufficient grounds to refuse bail for the ongoing protection of police and the community.
Senior Constable Penny told the court a huge amount of police resources had gone into resolving the the situation at Wallace’s unit in Waratah Avenue on Sunday afternoon, when 14 police officers were deployed to the area to try and negotiate with Wallace to come out of his unit.
The incident began when Wallace called Triple-0 at 2.50pm on Sunday afternoon threatening to shoot police with two .22 rifles and 1000 rounds of ammunition he claimed to have in his possession.
At 4.20pm police stormed the unit using battering rams and Wallace was arrested.
On Sunday night he was charged with using a carriage service to threaten serious harm and false representation resulting in a police investigation.