Siege ends peacefully



A THREE-hour siege at a South Rockhampton unit yesterday evening ended with a man in his mid-20s surrendering to police.

Drama unfolded with more than eight police cars rushing to Ross Street in response to a phone call about 5.30pm.

Police wearing bullet-proof vests surrounded the unit and directed pedestrians and traffic away from the unit.

Rockhampton police Inspector Dale Weightman said the man used an aerosol can as a flame thrower at some stage during the incident, burning the plastic fly screen on one of the doors.

Fire crews were on standby in the next street.

Police negotiators talked the man, who was believed to be threatening self-harm, into surrender peacefully.

Inspector Weightman said it was believed the man had been drinking with friends before the front door was smashed.

The government agency responsible for the unit was called, and there was an argument which led to police being called.

The man then barricaded himself in the unit and threatened self-harm.

Inspector Weightman said the man would have medical checks before police interviews.

"He stated he had taken some tablets so he will be medically examined,'' he said.



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