Home doused in petrol
A SUBURBAN street was forced into lockdown when a man threatened to set fire to himself and his house, triggering a seven-hour siege.
Heavily armed police swarmed the Capalaba property east of Brisbane just after 9.30am yesterday after reports that the man had barricaded himself inside the house after dousing the property in petrol.
The lengthy stand-off ended peacefully after specialist negotiators spent several hours speaking with the 58-year-old man, who surrendered himself to police just before 5pm Monday.
Acting Inspector Mark Mooney said the man was taken in an ambulance to hospital and would undergo a mental health assessment.
“The male surrendered himself to police without any complications. He’s been taken to hospital to get an emergency examination order completed,” Act Insp Mooney said.
“We obviously hoped to bring a resolution without anyone being harmed or injured, which we were able to do, so it was a success from that point of view.”
Police said at this stage the man would not be charged.
An emergency declaration was made by yesterday, with members of the public advised to avoid streets surrounding Finucane Rd.
Heavily armoured officers with bulletproof vests and helmets could be seen carrying guns around the property.
Specialist police, including the Public Safety Response Team and the dog squad, were called to the incident, along with paramedics and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
One resident who lived 150m from the property said the exclusion zone had caused traffic bedlam and she had been shocked to see so many officers on scene.
“There were helicopters and two to three fire trucks there this morning,” she said.
“I’ve never seen anything like it.”
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