Man hospitalised following Traralgon siege

A 28 year-old man is in hospital after a five-hour long siege in Traralgon last night.

Police were called to a Cross’s Road property where they encountered a drug-affected man who threatened officers with a knife.

Latrobe Valley police, supported by the Critical Incident Response Team and Dog Squad from Melbourne, attended the residence about 5.30pm, while the man remained inside.

The siege ended at 10.30pm when the man exited the home in a threatening manner and was subdued by the CIRT and canine squad.

Latrobe Valley Criminal Investigation Unit Detective Acting Sergeant Jason Benbow said the man was conveyed to Latrobe Regional Hospital for mental health assessment, where he remains this morning.

Det Act Sgt Benbow said charges were pending the mental health assessment and the man needed to be questioned and interviewed.

“He was heavily drug affected and violent, there was no processing him overnight,” Det Act Sgt Benbow said.

He said a large crowd came to watch the siege, but kept their distance.