Armed vehicles and special operations officers descended on a quiet Trevallyn street after up to 20 gunshots were fired at police on Friday afternoon.
No one has been injured, but there was an increasing police presence as officers tried to negotiate with the man and woman who had barricaded themselves inside a New World Avenue address about 4.30pm.
Tasmania Police’s armoured vehicle, the BearCat, and the Special Operations Group officers arrived at the scene about 7pm.
Detective Inspector Philippa Burk said police were responding to a call in the area when shots were fired at attending officers.
The woman and the man in the house are known to each other, but police were unable to confirm their relationship.
About 9.30pm police declared the area surrounding the house a crime scene, with officers advising residents to return to their houses and remain indoors.
By 11pm, the situation remained unresolved.
An ambulance also remained at the scene throughout the night.
Police were hopeful of a peaceful resolution.
Earlier this week, a woman was shot in the leg in the same street as the siege.
A neighbour who lives only metres from the house in question told The Examiner he’d lived at his house for 50 years and it had always been a quiet area.
Another neighbour who has lived in the area for 40 years mirrored those comments and said it was something you just don’t expect.
Police had received a number of reports about gunshots in the area since Monday.
Another neighbour said he didn’t hear any gunshots and nothing like this had ever happened in the neighbourhood.
“I saw it on the news the other day and thought ‘OMG that’s where I live’,” he said.
“This stuff just doesn’t happen in Trevallyn.”
In the vinicity of 10 and 20 shots [were fired at police].Detective Inspector Philippa Burk
Police presence continued to heighten as the night progressed, with a number of marked and unmarked vehicles arriving throughout the evening.
Several roadblocks were put in place around New World Avenue, between Coulter and Reatta streets.
Every neighbour described the street as being “very quiet”, but they had noticed a police a number of times in the area in the past five days.
Standing on a slightly elevated street just off New World Avenue, you get a sense of the quiet area described by neighbours.
There is a beautiful view of the city after the sun sets, with little specks of light glowing from homes and businesses.