An alleged domestic violence offender has been arrested after injuring a police officer during a five hour standoff at a Darwin CBD hotel.
- The street outside Darwin’s Luma Luma hotel was closed during the police operation
- A police dog handler suffered superficial head injuries after being hit by a bottle
- Police say the man was wanted for alleged domestic violence offences
The man was crouched on an outside ledge on the first storey of the Luma Luma hotel since early Thursday afternoon before police brought the man down using a cherry picker at about 5:00pm.
The scene caused Wood Street to be blocked off.
Incident controller Sergeant Wayne O’Neill said the man had been throwing cans and bottles from the ledge, one of which hit a police dog handler in the head, leaving him with superficial injuries.
The officer was treated at the scene by St John Ambulance.
Sergeant O’Neill said the alleged offender had been wanted by police.
“We had a person of interest who was identified yesterday in relation to a domestic situation,” he said.
“Police found him in this [hotel] and identified him, after which he started to climb across all the balconies to the current position where he’s now sitting.”
Firefighters placed a ladder underneath the ledge where the man had based himself but he later pushed it over.
Hotel guest Steve Irwin said he had earlier seen police searching the hotel for the wanted man.
“They just raced around every room just yelling out, ‘Police, police, police,'” he said.
“And they had the dogs with them and they were searching for him in every room but they couldn’t find him.
“They eventually found him behind that green wall.”