By HARRY CLARKE

UPDATE:

Police have revoked an emergency declaration made at Tara yesterday after taking four teenagers into custody overnight.

The local boys, aged 14, 15, 16 and 16, are currently assisting police with their investigations into reports of shots having been fired at Tara this afternoon.

The teens were located at a Tara address late last night and taken into custody without incident.

No one was injured.

EARLIER:

POLICE are negotiating with a gunman and residents have been evacuated from homes after shots were fired in the town of Tara this afternoon.

Police responded to reports of gunfire on Smallcombe St about 3.30pm.

Bystanders have told the Caller at least six shots were fired, with stray bullets hitting infrastructure at a worksite where the local public pool is undergoing refurbishments.

“We heard this loud bang, looked around and it hit our fence where were were working,” a tradesman at the worksite told the Caller.

“Heaps of cop cars rocked up. They came from everywhere.”

Another witness said: “We heard the cracks and we thought it was someone cracking a whip or something like that. Then there was a bang when it actually hit one of our pool fences.”

Dozens of police have swarmed the area and there are reports officers themselves have come under fire.

Several residential blocks have been cordoned off on the eastern side of town, encompassing Surat Development Road, Day Street, Benn Street, Fry Street and Milne Street.

No one has been physically injured, a police statement said.

Specialist Emergency Response Team officers have arrived at the scene, while police can be heard negotiating with the gunman over a megaphone at a home on Day St.

Heavily armed officers were seen clearing surrounding homes, with residents being told to walk to safety with their hands on the heads.

More to come.

Police in Tara after shots were fired.
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