Following reports of a gun shot in Kelmscott yesterday, the suburb went into lockdown as police investigated a property on Slee Avenue.
Police located a handmade ‘pen gun’ on the premises.
A police spokesman explained a pen gun is a tubular piece of metal, spring loaded, which can be loaded with ammunition and then fired.
“(They are) as dangerous as a firearm, probably more dangerous because it’s homemade and its inherent danger to the user and the object pointed at,” he said.
Police also located a tree stump in the rear yard that appeared to be subject to firing.
Following inquiries, a 33 year old female occupant was charged with unrelated drug offences.
Two infant children were also taken to hospital for assessment on an unrelated issue.
Police are searching for a 30 year old male that can assist with investigations.
However, there was no evidence of any threat to members of the public.
“Aside from the reckless criminal nature of firing a weapon in a residential backyard, we don’t believe there was any threat made to anyone,” the police spokesman commented.