Two arrested near Barossa Valley after police stand-off during weapons check

Evin Priest and Steve ZemekNCA NewsWire
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Two people have been arrested after a routine weapons check descended into a police standoff at Sandy Creek, an hour north of Adelaide.

A 41-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman were both charged and will appear in Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Friday.

They have been charged with making unlawful threats and firearm offences, SA Police said.

Special Tasks And Rescue (STAR) Group officers responded to what they described as a “high-risk incident” at Sandy Creek, east of Gawler early on Thursday morning.

Officers were there to carry out a routine check on legally-owned firearms, but were allegedly forced to fall back after threats were made.

“When the patrol arrived, the occupants of the property became hostile towards police and as a result police withdrew from the premises,” Chief Inspector Lauren Leverington alleged.

Police respond to a “high-risk incident” at Sandy Creek. Picture: Georgia Westgarth/Nine News Adelaide
Camera IconPolice are seen responding to a “high-risk incident” at Sandy Creek. Twitter Georgia Westgarth/Nine News Adelaide Credit: NCA NewsWire

Heavily armed police surrounded the property before four people were detained, with two later released without charge.

Barossa Valley Way closed for short period during the operation, but has since reopened.

Chief Inspector Leverington said the public was not in danger at any stage during the operation.

“In terms of how we respond, we certainly ensure people are safe in the area. We had a lot of police in the area this morning and there’s no further threats,” she said.

Originally published as Two arrested near Barossa Valley after police stand-off during weapons check

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