Lakeside residents called 000 fearing there was a gunman on the loose when they claimed to see a 28-year-old man carrying a rifle down Lemonwood Way on Tuesday morning.
Three police cars blocked the entrance to the Lakeside residential street after the Kununurra station received six calls from residents and a further three via 000 about 6.30am.
Members of the public told police the man was walking with the gun next to his leg in an effort to conceal it.
Eight officers in bullet-proof vests were stationed at vantage points throughout the area to survey entry and exit points from the Lemonwood Street house they believed the man had entered.
He was arrested when he emerged from the house. The accused was not carrying a gun when he left the house but police will allege they found a small calibre rifle stolen from the Northern Territory in 2007.
Sergeant Al McNevin said the street was not evacuated because the incident was deemed to be “medium-risk”.
He said at the time of the call police were unsure whether the man was dangerous or had returned from a hunting trip.
“The police response had to be quite drastic because obviously a person having a firearm in a public area is a serious thing,” Sgt McNevin said.
The accused has been charged with possessing a firearm and ammunition without a licence and failing to secure a firearm.
He will appear in Kununurra Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday