An armed man holed up for hours in a home in Wanze, Liège Province, on Wednesday was arrested by police at around 11.30 p.m., according to a report in L’Avenir newspaper. The arrest was confirmed to Belga news agency by Wanze Mayor Claude Parmentier.
Late on Wednesday afternoon the man fired a shot before shutting himself in at his home on Tirlemont Road in Wanze, which is located in Huy Region. A security perimeter was immediately set up and federal police special intervention units were deployed to the site. Contacted by Belga soon after the incident, Mayor Parmentier said the man had fired the shot, but no-one had been wounded.
According to l’Avenir, the man was arrested without a shot. Police had tried to negotiate with him, but he had not shown any sign of life.
First reports had it that he had shut himself in after firing at a neighbour’s dog following a dispute, but according to another report from the area, the man had fired on his own dog – which he admitted to a neighbour – because it had cancer.
The information was yet to be confirmed by the Prosecutor’s Office in Huy.