Screams, then evac­u­a­tion or­ders

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

TOWN of Mos­man Park coun­cil­lor Wes­ley Davies has told how he and his chil­dren were or­dered to evac­u­ate their home af­ter al­leged hostage taker and gun­man Daniel Ash­ley (26) was shot by po­lice next door to their home in Sam­son Street, Mos­man Park, about 11pm last Tues­day.

“I was wo­ken up with shout­ing ‘Put the gun down, put the gun down’,” Cr Davies said.

Af­ter last week’s coun­cil meet­ing, he was try­ing to sleep when he heard scream­ing from a girl next door.

“This hap­pened right next door to my bed­room, which is at the front of my house,” Cr Davies said.

He locked his doors while his 10 and 12year-old chil­dren slept but his part­ner’s bark­ing dog prompted him to go out­side, where he found armed po­lice shout­ing at him to get back in the house. Af­ter hear­ing two shots, po­lice knocked on Cr Davies’ door.

“The guy said we’ve had a hostage sit­u­a­tion next door, and we’ve all got to get out,” he said.

Cr Davies, his chil­dren and many other res­i­dents of the street spent the night with neigh­bours and rel­a­tives. They re­turned to their home last Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

It is al­leged Mr Ash­ley wrote so­cial me­dia com­ments im­ply­ing he sought ”sui­cide by cop” and af­ter a re­la­tion­ship break­down with his girl­friend he went to a Sam­son Street house about 9.15pm armed with a replica pis­tol. Two women aged 22 and 59 and men aged 21, 24 and 25 were in the house.

Mr Ash­ley was shot in the chest and jaw by TRG of­fi­cers af­ter he al­legedly failed to put down the pis­tol when he left the house.

The shoot­ing is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Ma­jor Crime Squad. Mr Ash­ley was in a crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion yes­ter­day.

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