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Police declare emergency situation as heavily-armed officers surround a murder suspect in motel room

Police have closed off streets and established an exclusion zone in Brisbane’s north as they negotiate with a man in relation to a fatal stabbing.

Queensland Police declared an emergency situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act at around 9pm on Friday night.

‘The declaration is bounded by Denver Street, Lucinda Street, McCallum Street and Gympie Road,’ a Queensland Police statement said.

‘Residents within the exclusion zone are asked to remain indoors as police negotiate with a man.’

It’s understood police have tracked down Lee Matthew Hillier (pictured), who is reportedly holed up in a motel room in Brisbane’s north

It’s understood police are negotiating with Lee Matthew Hillier, 39, who is reportedly holed up in a hotel room.

The man was believed to be alone.

Police have been searching for Hillier since former soldier Nathan Frazer was fatally stabbed on a Murrumba Downs road early on Thursday.

Frazer’s body was discovered with serious stab wounds to his chest and face next to a 7-Eleven on Blyth Road, at Murrumba Downs, 24km north of Brisbane’s centre shortly before 6am on Thursday.

Police launched Operation Quebec Amadeus with the help of local detectives and a Homicide Squad in an attempt to find Frazer’s killer.

A photo of Lee Matthew Hillier, an associate of Frazer and described as a ‘transient person’, was released by Queensland Police after the 41-year-old was found dead at the scene.

Hillier was previously involved in a siege that shut down Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall in 2013.

He was sentenced to four-and-a-half years imprisonment and released last year.

More to come. 


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