Knife suspect turns himself in after 14- hour siege
A CHARTERS Towers siege that lasted almost 14 hours ended peacefully yesterday when a man allegedly armed with a knife surrendered to police.
It’s understood the siege began about 1.30am after police received reports a man had a knife inside a home on New Queen Rd.
Police will allege that on arrival, the man threatened two officers with a knife, before shutting himself up in the home. It is understood the man was alone inside the home throughout the siege before surrendering to police about 3pm yesterday.
The home was surrounded by police throughout the ordeal, with paramedics also on standby.
Inspector Damien Crosby said there had been no concerns for public safety throughout the siege, which came to a peaceful resolution.
“We will allege that when police initially went to the residence the man has threatened them with a knife,” Insp Crosby said. “( The officers) have withdrawn and he has barricaded himself inside the home and refused to come out.
“It was an extensive negotiations process, before he eventually surrendered to police demands and he was taken into custody and arrested without incident.”
Police have charged a 47- year- old man with two counts of serious assault police while armed.
It is understood the man could face further charges.
Police officers on New Queen Rd yesterday.