Man bailed over siege

A MAN who taunted police and threatened to shoot them while he was holed up in his Waratah Avenue unit has been allowed out of jail until  February 27, when his case comes back to court.

Shane Wallace 42, was represented by Aboriginal Legal Aid in Orange Local Court yesterday, who agreed to bail conditions imposed on Wallace, including accepting the supervision of probation and parole services and reporting to Orange Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Evidence presented to the court stated a large amount of police resources, including 11 officers from Orange and one who came from Bathurst with a trained police dog, were deployed to the vicinity of Wallace’s unit on Sunday, December 29, where they closed off his street because of his threats to shoot police.

After repeated attempts by a negotiator to talk Wallace into coming out, police stormed his unit using battering rams on a side door.


However, when he ran out the front door, Wallace was faced by more officers, who brought him to the ground.

Police say the siege, which lasted for an hour and a half, began when Wallace phoned Triple-0 saying his  mother had died and he wanted to go to jail.

After he was arrested and taken back to Orange Police Station, Wallace could not be interviewed by police due to his level of intoxication and aggressive behaviour.

Wallace was charged with using a carriage service to threaten serious harm and making a false representation resulting in a police investigation.

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