– Police say attempts to end a siege in Glenroy peacefully were sabotaged by friends of Antonio Loguancio – the gunman found dead at the end of the 44-hour stand-off.
As early as Saturday morning, the wanted man appeared ready to give up when he took a call from a female friend on one if several mobile phones he had with him. The woman urged him to stay inside “because the dogs will kill you if you come out”.
Sources say negotiators were constantly interrupted when the convicted rapist took calls from his friends telling him that he had done nothing wrong and was the victim of police harassment. “They were really geeing him up,” one investigator said.
Police moved in on Sunday afternoon after Loguancio fired about 50 shots in rapid succession from a semi-automatic rifle and a double-barrelled shotgun. Police sources said he used the rifle, fitted with a scope, to try to disable police lighting and a public address system. The PA system was used to project a siren every 15 minutes to try to fatigue the gunman.
Loguancio fired shots in bursts of between six and 15 shortly before police decided to end the siege.
He repeatedly told police he wanted them to shoot him and that if they stormed the bungalow he would attempt to kill as many as possible, a source said.
Special Operations Group police eventually fired tear-gas pellets into the bungalow to flush him out. They then planned to use either stun guns or beanbag shots to disable him. When he failed to appear, they fired 40-millimetre tear-gas rounds that exploded in the confined space.
Police experts say its possible, but not certain, the rounds started the fire, although initial evidence indicates Loguancio shot himself dead after the first tear-gas rounds were fired into the building.
During the negotiations, Loguancio kept demanding to see his partner, who was in protection after he had violently assaulted her more than a week ago. He monitored media reports on his case and became angry and agitated when television reporters referred to him by the nickname “Mad Dog”.
He said police were picking on him and if they didn’t shoot him he would shoot himself.
He would break off negotiations to ring friends, triple-0 emergency and a television station.
Police had planned to use the same tactics that successfully resolved a similar siege with convicted armed robber Christopher Dean Binse, who was captured alive after a stand-off in Keilor East in May last year.
Police searching for Loguancio tracked him to Glenroy on Friday and positively identified him when he walked from the bungalow to the main house in Justin Avenue – John Silvester

About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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