Screams, then evacuation orders
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.