Woman hostage in 10-hour Myrtleford siege

9.30AM: A 10-HOUR siege in Myrtleford ended this morning when a man surrendered himself to police.

Wangaratta police Detective Leading Sen-Constable Jason Bray said police were called to Lawrence Street at 8pm last night to respond to an altercation between a man and woman known to each other.

Sen-Constable Bray said when police arrived the man prevented the woman from leaving and made threats to the officer.

“He indicated he possibly had access to firearms and made threats in regards to using firearms,” Sen-Constable Bray said.

The Myrtleford police officer retreated from the home and called for back-up from Wangaratta and Bright police and the Critical Incident Response Team from Melbourne.

The woman was removed from the home. She suffered bruising and did not require hospitalisation.

Sen-Constable Bray said negotiations continued into the night and at 6.20am, the man surrendered himself. He did not have any weapons.

A 39-year-old man is now in police custody.

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