A 26-hour siege in Brisbane has ended ‘peacefully’ with the arrest of a man after he surrendered to police.
Tactical police had surrounded a home in Sunnybank on Brisbane’s southside since 10.30am Thursday, where an armed man had allegedly held a woman and a five-year-old boy hostage.
An ’emergency declaration’ remained until around 1pm on Friday after a shirtless man, 36, was escorted by officers from the home in handcuffs shortly after midday.
The man was then attended by paramedics before he was loaded onto a stretcher and taken away in an ambulance.
Police say the man is assisting them with their inquiries.
A woman and young child were seen leaving the house uninjured.
‘Police have taken a man into custody without incident,’ a police statement read.
A woman and child were also located inside the residence safe and well. Police will allege they are known to the man.’
A man is now assisting with police inquiries after he was escorted away by officers from a Sunnybank home in Brisbane on Friday
A woman and young child seen leaving the home are safe and well after the siege ended
Police thanked the community for their assistance and understanding during the incident.
‘There is no further information available at this time,’ the statement ended.
Police negotiators had been called in to communicate with the armed man via microphones since Thursday night.
‘This is the police. No one wants to harm you,’ negotiators could be heard saying.
Police earlier told reporters at the scene on Friday morning they were hopeful of a peaceful resolution to the incident ‘soon.’
Patrol Inspector Michelle Piket told reporters that police attended the home a day earlier on Thursday to ‘investigate some serious offences,’ but refused to comment further.
A shirtless man (pictured) was attended to by paramedics before he was escorted away by police officers a shortly after midday on Friday
Shots have been fired at the scene of a hostage situation which has entered its 20th hour in Sunnybank. Pictured are armed police (right) at the scene early Friday morning
A ’emergency declaration’ still remains in place on Friday, 24 hours after the incident. Pictured are tactical police at the scene in Sunnybank on Friday morning
An armed man is reportedly holding a woman and a child as young as five hostage in a suburban home in Sunnybank on Brisbane’s southside. Tactical police (pictured) have surrounded a home since Thursday afternoon
There were earlier reports of several gunshots heard from the home, which police later claimed were from fireworks or a vehicle backfire at another location unrelated to the siege.
‘An emergency declaration made by police in Sunnybank yesterday afternoon remains in place this morning,’ a police statement read on Friday.
‘Residents within the exclusion zone are asked to continue to follow the advice of emergency services on the ground.’
Locals were urged to avoid an exclusion zone between Dyson Avenue, Geddes Place, Beenleigh Rd and Ganda Place.
The stand-off began when police investigating serious offences visited a duplex home near Banoon train station at Sunnybank about 11am on Thursday.
Officers were confronted by a man armed with what was believed to be a gun and retreated before calling in backup.
Police remain at the scene of of a Sunnybank home (pictured) where a man is reportedly held up with a woman and a young child
Services have resumed at the nearby train station at Banoon (pictured on Friday)
The man was allegedly believed to be armed with an ‘unknown’ weapon. Acting inspector Mick Ackery told reporters on Thursday police were doing everything to ensure the incident is resolved peacefully.
‘Specialist police are making all attempts to engage with the person in the house.
‘We’re prepared to deal with the situation as long as it takes to ensure the safety of the community, the people inside that house and of course, our officers.’
Police said on Friday morning that the situation was still ongoing. Pictured are camouflaged police officers at the scene early Friday morning
The siege entered its 20th hour on Friday morning. Pictured are police in the cordoned off street on Friday
Acting Inspector Mick Ackery said specialist police are talking to the man ‘to bring the incident to a conclusion peacefully’
Inspector Ackery said police are talking to the armed man but would not comment on an ‘unknown’ weapon reportedly involved or the other occupants inside the house as to not escalate the situation.
‘You have to understand it’s an ongoing matter, a dynamic, fluid situation, so therefore it’s very hard for me and not appropriate for me to make further comments about that,’ he said.
‘I need to let the specialist police their job and that’s all I’m prepared to say at this stage.’
Inspector Ackery crosses back into the cordoned off area as the siege continues. He said they are ‘prepared to deal with the situation as long as it takes’
Locals have been urged to avoid an exclusion zone between Dyson Avenue, Geddes Place, Beenleigh Rd and Ganda Place
When asked if detectives visited the house prior to the siege, he said: ‘Police had attended the address.’
‘Contrary to some beliefs, the incident did not commence at the Banoon train station,’ he said.
‘There’s a number of police here, including tactical, crime squad and detectives and other specialist police.’
Trains that run along the Beenleigh line were initially skipping the nearby Banoon station but later resumed as normal.
Neighbours who live in the usually ‘very peaceful and lovely place,’ claimed to have heard a man and woman arguing on Thursday morning.
They then heard the woman screaming moments before police swarmed the area.
‘There must have been about 40 police here in armour … there were some guys in camouflage and holding rifles,’ a resident told the Courier Mail.
A hostage situation in Brisbane has entered its 11th hour. Pictured are police at the scene on Thursday