Knife sus­pect turns him­self in af­ter 14- hour siege

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS McMA­HON

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.

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