WA police yet to speak with siege accused

Police are yet to speak to a man accused of terrorising five hostages before being shot in the face by heavily-armed officers after a two-hour siege in a Perth home.


Daniel Ashley, 26, remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

He faces serious charges including deprivation of liberty, assault and going armed to cause fear.

Police Minister Liza Harvey said she had been briefed on Wednesday’s siege, which prompted a 200 metre exclusion zone around the Mosman Park house.

It’s being investigated by the major crime squad and internal affairs unit.

“I thought the footage was terrifying and it was quite frightening for that community,” Ms Harvey told reporters on Thursday .

“There’s a lot of operational areas that I really don’t want to go into, but that’s what our police force are there for, that’s what we fund them for and thankfully, we ask them to do these jobs to protect the community, so they can bring order to circumstances like this.”

Ms Harvey declined to comment on where WA police are trained to aim when they have to shoot someone.

“I wouldn’t be able to go into detail with that,” she said.

“What I will say is that we have very rigorous training at the academy and we regularly put our police officers through retraining programs. They have firearms training every year.

“So I’m confident they have likely acted in those circumstances to the absolute best of their ability.”

She said the Tactical Response Group officers who shot Ashley – who was carrying a replica handgun – had received support for their trauma.

“This situation is every police officer’s nightmare,” she said.

“I think it’s important that we recall and remember five hostages were released unharmed.

“That’s a very good outcome.”

Ashley posted his intentions on Facebook before the siege, writing “Tonight I am going to die” and “I will be shot (by) police”.

Police say he knew one of the hostages and it has been suggested he was confronting his ex-girlfriend.