Police threatened with mattock in Mortlake area stand-off

POLICE were involved in an hour-long stand-off near Mortlake on Monday night involving a man wielding a mattock.

Officers went to a house around 5.30pm in relation to a 58-year-old man.

Mortlake police Acting Sergeant Paul McLean said officers had authorisation to impound the man’s car after he was recorded speeding on the Terang-Mortlake Road near Mortlake while his licence was suspended.

Acting Sergeant McLean said police also had authorisation to take the man to a mental health facility for treatment.

“We had a plan in place and when we approached the property he came at us with a mattock,” Acting Sergeant McLean said.

Police used capsicum spray to subdue the man, who then ran back into the house and barricaded the door.

The man’s partner remained in the house and police notified the critical incident response team from Melbourne, which began making its way to the Mortlake district.

The situation was resolved peacefully an hour later and the man was transported to Warrnambool for treatment.

No one was injured in the incident.

Police will now apply for a warrant to seize the man’s vehicle.


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