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Mossel Bay man arrested after 10 hour stand-off with police

Police arrested a 39 year old man on a farm near Mossel Bay on Sunday 7 January 2018 after a ten hour stand-off during which the suspect held his parents and brother hostage and shot at police and other emergency services.

The drama started early on Sunday morning when the man held his parents and his brother against their will in a house on a farm near Mossel Bay.

During the course of Sunday morning the suspect released his parents and brother and then barricaded himself inside the home where he had access to several firearms.

Police negotiators were unable to convince the man to surrender. Several shots were fired from inside the home, damaging police vehicles and an ambulance.

At approximately 6h30pm the suspect was overpowered by a police task team and taken into custody.

According to a police spokesperson, the motive behind the suspect’s actions remains a mystery.

The man will face charges of malicious damage to property, and more charges may be added as the investigation continues.

The suspect remains in custody and will appear in court soon.


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