Police end stand-off

By MIKE SCOTT

YEPPOON police were forced into an armed stand-off after a domestic dispute deteriorated yesterday. Birdwood Avenue was cordoned off for almost three hours as police negotiated with a 30year-old who had locked himself in his house alone. It was suspected there were guns inside.

Police were concerned for the man, family and residents and declared an emergency shortly after 2pm, Yeppoon police officer-incharge Senior Sergeant John Hamrey said.

While reinforcements arrived from Rockhampton and Emu Park, police attempted to establish phone contact.

After negotiations the man gave himself up at about 4.45pm. The incident had a history from Sunday night after police attended a domestic at the Birdwood address, Snr Sgt Hamrey said. Yesterday, as officers were serving a protection notice, the man locked himself in the house refusing to come out, Yeppoon Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Detective Sergeant Andrew Broadfoot said.

"What he was relaying to police and family members made us concerned for his safety and others,'' he said.

Birdwood Avenue was cordoned off and residents either evacuated or told to remain inside and officers were stationed around the property.

About 10 police cars and two ambulance were at the scene. Police found two small calibre rifles in the house, but they were not being used by the man.

He was charged with firearm, police obstruction and drug offences and will appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court today.



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