Darwin hotel standoff leaves police officer injured and CBD street closed


An alleged domestic violence offender has been arrested after injuring a police officer during a five hour standoff at a Darwin CBD hotel.

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.

Police had attempted to coax the man down for hours before using the cherry picker.(ABC News: Matt Garrick)

“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.

Tactical response group police officers stand outside Darwin's Luma Luma hotel during a standoff.
Tactical response officers look on as police negotiate with a man during the standoff.(ABC News: Matt Garrick)

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.”



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