Alleged Wendouree gunman faces court

UPDATE, BALLARAT MAGISTRATES’ COURT, MARCH 16

A 52-year-old man arrested after shots were fired in Wendouree will return to court next month.

Edward Farquhar appeared briefly before the Ballarat Magistrates' Court via videolink on Thursday.

An adjournment application made by Farquhar's lawyer was granted and the accused was remanded to reappear in court in April.

It is alleged shots were fired into a tradie's ute, shattering the car's windows in February.

Critical Incident Response police, Highway Patrol, detectives and uniformed members responded to the call out, and surrounded the accused's Yew Street property around 11am on February 7.

Farquhar was arrested over the incident and now faces a number of charges including reckless conduct endangering life.

The matter will return to court on April 10.

UPDATE, BALLARAT MAGISTRATES’ COURT, FEBRUARY 8

A 52-year-old Wendouree man arrested after shots were fired at a tradie's ute may face additional charges.

Edward Farquhar appeared briefly before the Ballarat Magistrates' Court on Wednesday afternoon charged with three counts of reckless conduct endangering life.

His lawyer, Mike Wardell, made an application to have his client remanded to reappear in court next month.

Mr Wardell told the court police had indicated additional charges would be laid between now and his client's next court date.

He also made an application to have Farquhar seen by a psychiatric liaison officer - which was granted because there may be an underlying issue of paranoid schizophrenia.

Farquhar was remanded into custody to reappear in court on March 13 for mention.

UPDATE 6.55PM

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Hermit said the man has been charged with three counts of conduct endangering life and has been remanded to appear in the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. 

UPDATE 4.30PM

Shots that shattered a tradie's ute window led to a six hour police operation and the arrest of 52-year-old man.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Hermit said critical incident response police, highway patrol police, detectives and uniform members blocked off and surrounded Yew Street property at around 11am.

Critical Incident Response Team are about to enter a house in Wendouree. Picture: Kate Healy.

Critical Incident Response Team are about to enter a house in Wendouree. Picture: Kate Healy.

Police were called after a tradesman returned to his white ute to find the windows shattered.

Detective Senior Sergeant Hermit said it was a lucky escape for the man who often sits in his air conditioned car during his breaks.

He said police were investigating possible links between this alleged firearms incident and a number of other incidents at the United service station on Learmonth Road.

Windows have been shattered at the station on two separate occasions over the past few weeks. No one has been injured during the alleged attacks despite the station being staffed 24 hours a day.

Detective Senior Sergeant Hermit said the man was being interviewed by

CIU detectives and was expected to be charged.

​EARLIER

A major police operation is underway at a house in Wendouree.

At least ten marked and unmarked police cars and a armoured police car are outside a house at Yew Street which runs off Learmonth Road.

A heavily armed Critical Incident Response Team  is patrolling the street.

Plain clothed detectives and uniformed police officers are surrounding the house and preparing to enter the premises.  

More to come.