Man pours fuel over arms in tense nine-hour standoff
LATEST: A man allegedly poured petrol on his arms and taunted police with a cigarette lighter during a nine-hour siege at Brassall yesterday.
The drama started when police were called to a house on Galway Cres in relation to a domestic disturbance just after midnight.
When police arrived, they found a man locked inside a car in the backyard.
The man allegedly refused to exit the vehicle, and police also feared that the man was armed with a knife.
It will be alleged the man also had a 20-litre jerry can full of fuel and a cigarette lighter, and he proceeded to splash fuel over his arms in a threat to light himself on fire.
Some time later the man moved from the car to a small caravan nearby, where he barricaded himself inside and refused to come out for several hours.
Police were forced to declare an emergent situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act, with several local streets closed off.
The QT was told police tried everything from throwing rocks onto the roof of the caravan, to setting off alarms, to keep the man awake while he was inside the caravan.
Paramedics were on standby and firefighters were at the ready, such was the concern the man would carry out his threat.
It wasn't until about 9am the siege ended and the man was taken into custody and off to Ipswich Hospital for observation.
It was not confirmed if any criminal charges would be laid against the man.
WEDNESDAY 9.30AM: Police have taken a man into custody following a nine-hour siege at Brassall.
The man had earlier threatened to set himself alight, after dousing himself in fuel with a jerry can and holding a cigarette lighter in one hand.
He had locked himself in a car before moving across to a caravan in the early hours of the morning.
Police also held fears at one point that the man may have been armed with a large knife.
The incident stemmed from a domestic complaint just after midnight at a house on Galway Cres.
Police say the man is likely to be taken to hospital for observation, but he has no obvious physical injuries.
EARLIER: POLICE, firefighters and paramedics remain at the scene of a standoff with a man in Brassall.
The situation escalated about midnight when police were called to a domestic incident on Galway Cres.
A man locked himself in a vehicle and refused to talk to police.
At one point police believe the man reached for a large hunting or camping knife.
Later, he pulled out a 20-litre jerry can and covered himself in petrol, holding a lighter in one hand and threatening to set himself alight.
The man then got out of the car and entered a nearby caravan, where he has remained for the last six-seven hours.
Police have declared an emergent situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act and several streets in the area are closed off.
EARLIER: POLICE have declared an emergent situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act in Brassall.
Just after midnight police attended an address on Galway Crescent following reports of a disturbance.
Upon arrival officers were confronted by a man in the driveway who was making threats.
The man then entered a caravan on the property and refused to leave.
The man is alone in the caravan and no one has been physically injured during the incident.
An emergent situation was declared at 3:30am and an exclusion zone is currently in place.
The exclusion zone (pictured) covers the area bounded by North High Street to Glen Ayr Drive to Galway Crescent and behind to Fernvale Road and then back to the intersection with North High Street.
Residents are asked to stay away from the area.
Police continue to negotiate with the man.
There is no further information available at this time.