Thursday, September 01, 2016
South Australian cop loses it
A SENIOR police officer has been charged with a range of serious offences over a domestic dispute and siege at Blackwood earlier this month that locked down part of the suburb.
Chief Inspector Ashley Francis Gordon, 54, was charged on Tuesday with aggravated stalking, aggravated serious criminal trespass, making unlawful threats, threatening to cause harm, disturbing the public peace and possessing unsecured ammunition in relation to the incident.
Gordon appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon where he was refused bail.
The court heard the incident occurred after the breakdown of Gordon’s long-term marriage.
Chief Magistrate Mary-Louise Hribal remanded Gordon in custody, citing the seriousness of the charges.
Police allege Gordon sparked the siege at a unit on Main Rd at Blackwood just after 9pm on Sunday, August 14.
Dozens of STAR Group officers surrounded the home at the height of the siege and paramedics and firefighters were called to the scene on standby.
Main Rd between East Terrace and the Blackwood roundabout was blocked off to all traffic and the public was kept well away from the area until the siege ended about 12.15am.
Gordon was detained and taken to the Flinders Medical Centre for a mental health assessment.
Police also issued Gordon with a Police Interim Intervention Order.
“Police warn that they will not tolerate domestic violence and will take every action available to protect victims,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.
Gordon has served in several high-ranking positions over a lengthy career spanning almost 30 years in the force, including as officer-in-charge of the Transit Services Branch and in senior roles with South Coast and Sturt police.
Original report here
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