Police disarm knife man

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

ARMED police swooped on a knife-wielding man yesterday, ending a 30-minute stand-off in Berserker Street, North Rock-hampton.

About eight officers, two with pistols drawn, rushed the man and placed him in custody about 12.10pm.

During the tense stand-off police shut down the Berserker Street block between numbers 148 and 164. Senior Sergeant Shane Gowdy said before police arrived the man had allegedly gone to a home and begun arguing with the residents.

He was thrown out of the home and the doors were locked, he said.

The man then broke down the door and began fighting with one of the residents.

When police arrived the man was brandishing a 30cm butcher's knife and a Molotov cocktail.

He waved the blade in the air and shouted at the surrounding officers, threatening to cut himself if police approached. One resident of the home, who did not want to be named, said he was startled awake by the dispute.

"He just went off and started to rampage,'' he said.

The man in custody sustained minor cuts and abrasions. Nobody else was injured.

"We are grateful that nobody was hurt,'' Senior Sergeant Gowdy said.

"The situation was dealt with very professionally.''

Police were continuing their investigation last night.



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