YESTERDAY during a siege in Brisbane's northern suburbs streets were cordoned off, countless police officers deployed and a heavily armoured special response vehicle, complete with shields and a mounted machine gun rolled in.
However now police say the man who allegedly caused all the mayhem was armed with nothing more than a harmless sandblaster.
For ten tense hours yesterday officers crowded onto Klinger Rd in Redcliffe as reports emerged that an armed man had barricaded himself inside a house with two hostages.
Earlier police say they had attended the property and were threatened by a man who said he was holding a homemade firearm.
The hostages, two men, were later released without incident and the man accused of allegedly imprisoning them emerged from the property and was arrested about 8pm.
Today that man - a 48 year-old Redcliffe resident will face court charged with serious assault police whilst armed with a weapon, serious assault police and bomb hoax.
LATEST: A MAN has been charged following an incident at Redcliffe on Monday that resulted in an emergency being declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act.
It will be alleged when police attended a Klingner Rd address after 10am they were confronted by a man armed with what appeared to be a firearm.
It will further be alleged the weapon was pointed at police who withdrew from the address.
It will also be alleged the man made threats to detonate gas cylinders.
A cordon was established with the emergent declaration being made for an area surrounding the address.
Two men, aged 38 and 88, who were in the home at the time were released unharmed during the day.
Shortly after 8pm a man was taken into custody without incident. The emergent declaration was revoked around 9.15pm.
A 48-year-old Redcliffe man has been charged with serious assault police whilst armed with a weapon, serious assault police and bomb hoax.
He is expected to appear at the Redcliffe Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
UPDATE: The siege is finally over and after a 10 hour standoff the man has given up, being brought to the middle of the street, handcuffed and taken into custody.
The area cordoned off after the siege began at 10am was declared safe and clear at 9.15pm on Monday.
Police initially declared the siege situation and blocked roads after an apparently armed man barricaded himself inside a house on Klingner Rd in Redcliffe.
Police say a man is currently assisting police with inquiries into the incident.
UPDATE: ALL hostages are now out of the property and the Special Emergency Response Team look set to go in as a siege in Brisbane's northern suburbs enters its fifth hour.
SERT bearcat clearing driveway at Redcliffe siege house with battering ram. pic.twitter.com/dU2Y2yvhBd— Michael Best (@michaelbesty) June 13, 2016
WHAT WE KNOW:
- Special Emergency Response Team officers have arrived in an armoured four wheel drive.
- Police have cordoned off a number of streets in Redcliffe in Brisbane's northern suburbs.
- A siege has been ongoing since about 10.40am.
- Officers were initially called to the scene after reports of a domestic disturbance.
- They were met by an armed man when they arrived.
- Police say the man is armed with a home made weapon.
- All hostages have been released.
SERT bearcat has arrived at Redcliffe siege. pic.twitter.com/d5WK8y9xOv— Michael Best (@michaelbesty) June 13, 2016
UPDATE: POLICE say the man holding people hostage inside a Redcliffe property is armed with a homemade weapon.
UPDATE: POLICE say they will send in negotiators as a tense stand off with a man who is believed to be armed and possibly holding hostages continues in Redcliffe, in Brisbane's northern suburbs, this afternoon.
EARLIER: POLICE have declared an emergency situation as a man - who authorities believe is armed - barricades himself inside a house in Redcliffe in Brisbane's northern suburbs.
Officers were called the property on Klingner Rd about 10am following reports of a disturbance.
However the situation was upgraded after reports the man was armed and that there are other people inside the residence.
Redcliffe today blocked of the road at both ends pic.twitter.com/Iqed17K7uB— Jade Christensen 13 (@9ff3d9b98231448) June 13, 2016
"Police have declared an emergency situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act," a police spokesman said via a press release.
An exclusion zone has been set up throughout the surrounding streets.
More to follow.
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