Man Arrested After 17 Hour Siege In Adelaide
Matthew Morrison live blogged the siege on Facebook as police tried to gain access to him.
A dramatic 17 hour siege has come to an end with the arrest of a man in Adelaide.
Police were called to the Mellor Street apartment in Adelaide’s CBD about 7pm on Thursday after reports of a domestic incident.
A woman and child were safely removed from the property, however Matthew Morrison refused to leave.
The 32-year-old barricaded himself inside, telling police negotiators "I'm not coming out and you aren't coming in, it's very simple."
"We did make contact with the alleged offender and as a result of that, threats made to police, the incident was declared high-risk and we then called Star Operations in," said Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti.
Neighbours were terrified by what they were witnessing.
One who didn’t want to be identified said, “it was quite traumatic for me, you could just hear like yelling and commotion and my heart broke for the little girl."
Police drilled through a wall to try and communicate with Morrision but he refused to calm down.
Instead, he filmed the entire siege as it was unfolding, posting the developments live on Facebook.
Morrison’s cousin, Latoya Rule, told reporters he was only filming the incident because he was afraid of being harmed by police.
Fears, she said, which stemmed from the death of his cousin in custody in 2016 and other Aboriginal deaths in custody.
"He (Morrison) is one of the nicest men I've had the privilege of knowing...he's an artist, a musician," she said.
The siege ended peacefully just before midday when star group officers arrested him.
He's expected to be charged with aggravated assault.