Homes evacuated amid tense standoff between police and gunman
A tense stand-off between a gunman and police in Western Australia's south-west has been underway overnight.
Heavily armed police are at the scene at McKeown Place in Margaret River, where a gunman has been holed up inside a house since yesterday evening.
Police negotiators are continuing to talk with the gunman this morning after gunshots were fired last night.
Every house surrounding the property where the gunman is has now been evacuated.
Families, some of them with young children, were told by police to go and find somewhere safe to stay.
"Due to an active police incident at a residence in McKeown Place, Margaret River, members of the Margaret River community are advised to avoid the area between McKeown Place, Bovell Avenue, William Place and Georgette Drive, including the park area within that boundary," WA Police said in a statement last night.
"Residents in the immediate area are advised to remain inside their homes until further notice.
"There is a risk to public safety, with reports of multiple gun shots being fired."
In a later update, Margaret River Police asked anyone at the scene to follow the directions of officers responding to the incident.