Siege taking place in St Kilda, Wesbury street. Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Picture: David Cdrosling
Siege taking place in St Kilda, Wesbury street. Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Picture: David Cdrosling

Ex-commando behind four hour police standoff

THE man at the centre of the St Kilda East siege is a former commando who was embroiled in a high-profile case involving civilian killings in the Middle East.

David Millar was lance corporal during a commando raid of a family compound in Uruzgan in Afghanistan, in which five children and a man were killed in 2009.

Soldiers claimed they were ordered to launch two grenades into the premises as they were under fire by a man inside.

The bodies of innocent children were later discovered.

Mr Millar was initially charged with manslaughter but the charges were later dropped.

He sued the government in 2016, alleging the manslaughter charges against him were "malicious, and without reasonable and probable cause".

The controversial case was reported as being the first of its kind in Australian military history.

The police are investigating what occurred at the residence prior to their arrival.

But Mr Millar's neighbour Nisam said a woman ran screaming from the house shortly after 7.30am. Her face and arms were covered with blood.

"There was blood everywhere, I tried to comfort her," Nisam said.

SOG officers surrounded the home. Picture: David Crosling
SOG officers surrounded the home. Picture: David Crosling

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment.

Mr Millar was arrested without incident by Special Operations Group officers about 1.15pm today.

He is currently in hospital under police guard. Police remain at the address and the investigation is ongoing.

The tense siege went for four hours and shut down the St Kilda East street.

Heavily armed police and the dog squad surrounded the home around 9:30am.

Police could be heard bashing down the door to the home shortly before 11.30am. Officers with riot shields later retreated from the home without Mr Millar.

A witness told the Herald Sun a man was heard yelling "I'm a good bloke" at police before 10am.

A police negotiator on a loudspeaker could be heard saying "We know you're a good bloke", while asking Millar to exit the property with nothing in his hands.

Millar was later led from the home in handcuffs.

Elderly neighbour Josie Mandrio told the Herald Sun two officers armed with assault rifles had used ladders to climb her back fence.

The incident unfolded a short distance from a park where schoolchildren are gathered.

aneeka.simonis@news.com.au

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Siege taking place in St Kilda, Wesbury street. Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Picture: David Cdrosling
Siege taking place in St Kilda, Wesbury street. Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Picture: David Cdrosling
Siege taking place in St Kilda, Wesbury street. Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Picture: David Cdrosling
Siege taking place in St Kilda, Wesbury street. Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Picture: David Cdrosling

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