Police generic, crime scene.  Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times
Police generic, crime scene. Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times Tessa Mapstone

Resolution for armed man locked in Yeppoon Hospital cupboard

UPDATE 8.00PM: A MAN armed with a box cutter has surrendered himself to police more than 12 hours after he locked himself in a cupboard at the Yeppoon Hospital.

A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman said police peacefully resolved the incident and the man, 48, handed himself in about 7.45pm.

It is believed he has been taken into custody.

Police negotiators held ongoing discussions with the man, and the situation was reported to be "well-contained".

A spokesperson from the Yeppoon Police earlier said there was no danger to the public.

Police were first called to the Yeppoon Hospital at 7.15am today.

Investigations are ongoing.

 

UPDATE 3.30PM: POLICE negotiators are still on the scene at the Yeppoon Hospital where reports indicate a man has locked himself in a cupboard with a box cutter. 

A Queensland Police Media spokesperson said the man is calmer than he was this morning and the situation is heading towards a peaceful resolution. 

More to follow. 

 

WHAT WE KNOW:

  • Residents reported a high police presence at Yeppoon Hospital via social media just after 10am
  • Reports indicated a negotiator had been called to the hospital.
  • A man has locked himself in a cupboard in the hospital armed with a box cutter
  • A spokesperson from Yeppoon Police said there is no danger to the public with regards to the situation at the Yeppoon Hospital.
  • The spokesperson said the situation was well contained by police at the scene.
  • witness said there was an area of the hospital cordoned off but people were still able to get in and out of the hospital.
  • Police were called to the Yeppoon Hospital at 7.15am this morning.
  • A negotiator is at the scene

UPDATE 1.30PM: RESIDENTS have reported that police are surrounding a hospital in the region, while other reports suggest negotiators have been called.  

Residents have taken to social media to ask what is going on at the Yeppoon Hospital after the presence of the police was noticed.  

Other reports suggest a negotiator has been called to the site.  

The Bulletin is seeking further information from Queensland Police and Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services.  

UPDATE 10.25AM: A SPOKESPERSON for Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services said they can not comment on the situation at the Yeppoon Hospital as it was a police matter.

The Bulletin is still waiting for information the Queensland Police Service about the lockdown at the hospital.

UPDATE 10.30AM: A SPOKESPERSON from Yeppoon Police said there is no danger to the public with regards to the situation at the Yeppoon Hospital.

The spokesperson said the situation was well contained by police at the scene.

UPDATE: 10.50am: A WITNESS at the scene says people can still access the hospital.

The witness said there was an area of the hospital cordoned off but people were still able to get in and out of the hospital.

They said there were no police officers outside of the building anymore, but they were not sure if there were police officers inside.

UPDATE 11:05AM: A QUEENSLAND Police Service spokesman said a man has locked himself in a cupboard, armed with a box cutter, at the Yeppoon Hospital.

The spokesman said hospital security staff had tried to convince the man to come out of the cupboard and give them the box cutter before calling for police assistance.

He said the hospital is not in lockdown.

1.15pm: A QUEENSLAND Police Service spokesman said police were still dealing with a situation with an armed man at the Yeppoon Hospital.

He said a negotiator was at the scene talking to the man who has locked himself in a cupboard.

The spokesman said QPS were called at about 7.15am this morning.



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