Update: Shots were fired yesterday afternoon before police were called to a house in Dalley Street, East Lismore, where they remain in a standoff with a man inside.
‘Police have been engaging with the 33-year-old male ever since, attempting to get him to stand down,’ Inspector Bill McKenna told Echonetdaily at the scene.
Police later issued a statement saying it was believed the man was the only person in the house.
Police have established a perimeter and specialist units have been called in to assist.
Dalley Street is closed between College Road and Military Road; Oakley Avenue is closed between College Street and Military Road.
Nine homes in Dalley Street and Oakley Avenue (adjacent to the house of interest) have been evacuated as a precaution.
Original report: The siege began about 4.30pm yesterday, in one of the residences near Lismore High School, and has been ongoing overnight, with specialist police and local officers in attendance.
It is believed that a man in the house has been threatening self-harm.
Residents have already been evacuated and parents of students attending Lismore High have been told they will need to make alternative arrangements for them today as the school has been closed to both students and staff.
Staff will be required to report to Kandina High School.
A 200-metre section of Dalley Street has been closed, between College Road and Military Road.
Police have also requested that the public avoid the area.