Kill suspect in city siege

By EVAN SCHWARTEN evan.schwarten@capnews.

POLICE last night cor- nered a man believed to be responsible for the cold-blooded murder of Edmund William Payne on Sunday night

A team of about 40 po- lice officers, including Special Emergency Re- sponse Team officers from Brisbane, descend- ed on a Knight Street ad- dress in North Rock- hampton about 7pm.

The armed suspect, a 31-year-old Rockhamp- ton man, attempted to escape through the back of the residence sending police on a desperate search of the Park Avenue area.

The suspect returned to the Knight Street house, which was in- habited by his mother, allowing po- lice to initiate negotiations around 8.30pm.

The suspect's mother and nearby residents were evacuat-ed as police blocked off Knight Street.

Police set up a for- ward command post in car park of St Joseph's Park Avenue School in Main Street with Ambu- lance and State Emer- gency Services officers also on hand.

Incident commander Senior Inspector Gra- ham Coleman last night said officers did not plan to storm the resi- dence.

The siege was still in progress as The Morning Bulletin went to print late last night.

Edmund William Payne was shot dead outside his Card Street home in North Rockhampton about 8.30pm on Sunday.

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