Attadale man who allegedly pulled gun on basketball referee to be banned from City of Melville LeisureFit facilities

THE Attadale man who allegedly pulled a gun at Melville Recreation Centre will be banned from all City of Melville LeisureFit facilities.

Police will allege the 38-year-old man became angry at a social basketball referee’s decision-making on Monday night.

After losing his temper during the game, police allege the man stormed out of the centre and retrieved a handgun from his car.

He concealed the weapon underneath his jumper and attempted to return to the court but was stopped from re-entering the centre by friends.

Witnesses who allegedly saw the man holding the gun contacted police and the man’s home was raided yesterday after Fremantle Detectives reviewed CCTV vision of the carpark.

Police will allege they discovered an unlicensed 9mm handgun at the man’s Attadale home.

City of Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox confirmed there had been an incident involving a social player but declined to comment further citing the ongoing police investigation.

“With regards to the player involved in the incident, there has clearly been a breach of the City’s sports by-laws, and as such the player will be banned from all LeisureFit facilities,” Dr Silcox said.

“The safety of all customers, players and staff are of the highest priority for the City, and all staff at the site have been offered appropriate support.

“The City is now conducting a thorough review of the incident to determine what further measures can be taken to enhance the safety and security of staff and customers.”

The Attadale man has been charged with being armed in a way that may cause fear and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

He was released on bail and is due to appear before Fremantle Magistrates Court on Monday, June 26.

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