Standoff ends peacefully

POLICE surrounded a North Rockhampton home yesterday morning after a man threatened to set it alight.

Acting Senior Sergeant Paul McDonnell described the situation as a barricaded incident in which a man around 25 years of age was threatening to harm himself in the backyard of a Hollingsworth Street house.

Acting Snr Sgt McDonnell said police had been called to a domestic dispute at the house around 10am.

The occupant of the house, a pregnant woman, was safely removed and with police as they dealt with the man, believed to be armed with knives and flammable material.

As the situation got more serious the police dog squad, fire crews and ambulance officers were called to the scene.

A police negotiator was called and within 30 minutes of his arrival the man voluntarily jumped over the fence and walked across the road with police to a waiting ambulance.

He then accompanied police to the Rockhampton Hospital just before 11am.

Two knives and steel poles were taken from the scene by police.

Neighbours said there had been fighting in the house since around 5am.

They said the woman who lived in the house, the de facto of the man, was due to have her baby next week.



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