Police are negotiating with a man who is armed with a gun in Epping.

There are believed to be 20-30 police on the scene. Roads around the area have been closed between Howard Street and Davisson Street.

Police attended the property at 2pm as part of an ongoing crime investigation.

The man is refusing to surrender and is reportedly armed with a handgun

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Police are trying to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the stand-off.

Heavily armed officers have been at scene since 2pm today, as part of an ongoing investigation by the Darebin Crime Investigation Unit.

It is believed the man earlier exited the residence, and then returned inside.

Police are expected to be at the scene for “some time”, with road diversions in place.

Media helicopters have been told to leave the area.

Update 7pm

One man has been arrested as police continue to negotiate with an armed man holed up inside a Melbourne home with a number of other people.

The arrested man has not been confirmed as the 26-year-old man suspected of being armed with a handgun, police said according to 9 news.

Two children were also seen leaving the Epping property shortly after 6.30pm today.

Earlier, investigators said other people at the Wedge Street property were “not being held against their will”.

Police said the incident was not terror-related and poses no risk to the public.

More details to come

  • it’s crazy how dramatic these things get now.


  • Glad to hear everybody is OK


  • Scary particularly when children are involved.


  • This was a big story at the time


  • This was a very awkward situation in Epping. Thank heavens no one was hurt – bring on the gun amnesty soon and get some guns off the street so they can’t be stolen and used.


  • the world has gone mad! Today a car plowing through people at a mosque in England, disgusting behaviour!


  • Thank goodness no one was harmed in this incident.


  • Glad no-one was harmed and the man was caught. Must have been scary for those involved, hope they get support.


  • The man was caught and no one was harmed which is postive.


  • Gun control! Surely this sort of incident is a strong argument in favour.

    • Agree with you one this one.

      • I am sure a majority of the community agree with your comment.


  • Luckily everybody is safe and they’ve arrested the 26 years old male.


  • These stands offs must be quite terrifying for those involved.


  • Hope it all ends quickly and nobody gets hurt.


  • Oh no! I hadn’t heard it yet! Let’s hope the Police will be able to handle the situation and save the woman and the kids.


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