Police have publicly identified the person they are searching for over alarming reports of a suspected gunman in Perth’s northern suburbs.
Blake Unkovich was last seen in Aveley on Wednesday, having been given a lift there by workers from a building site in The Vines, near Ellenbrook.
Authorities believe the 28-year-old may be armed with a 12-gauge shotgun and could be nursing a serious hand or arm injury.
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Unkovich, who is known to police, is described as 178cm tall, with brown hair and green eyes. He should not be approached.
Police began pouring significant resources into finding Unkovich after they were called to a home on Hodnet Bend in The Vines over reports of a disturbance between a man and a woman about 9.30am on Wednesday.
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The woman was found inside the home and “her welfare has been accounted for”, but the other party is nowhere to be seen.
Authorities said Unkovich left the home and after scoring a lift “has not been seen since”.
Local police, Airwing and the Tactical Response Group were deployed to the area, which is about 24km northeast of Perth’s CBD, in an effort to track him down.
Adding to their concern were reports he was “armed with a firearm”.
WA Police inspector Geoff DeSanges said there are indications that the weapon is a shotgun and authorities are “very keen” to locate it.
WA authorities have poured significant resources into their search for Blake Unkovich, right, who they believe may be armed with a gun. Credit: 7NEWS
The gun is not licensed to Unkovich, police said.
It is understood the wanted man is most likely travelling on foot.
Police are currently interviewing the woman found inside the home to determine what occurred prior to officers arriving there.
The nature of their relationship is still unclear.
Unkovich should not be approached, and anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers.
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