Man charged with attempted murder after Gold Coast siege

6:00 PM: A MAN has been charged with attempted murder, deprivation of liberty, assault occasioning bodily harm and unlawful possession of a weapon after a siege on the Gold Coast. 

Police will allege the 36-year-old was armed and fired one shot inside a unit complex on White Street in Southport.

The man surrendered himself, without harm, to police just before 11am on Christmas Day.

He is scheduled to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow. 

Police are continuing to investigate the matter and would like to thank the Southport public for their patience and assistance during the course of this incident.  

 

11:30 AM Gold Coast siege ends after man taken into custody 

THE emergency situation in Southport has been resolved peacefully after a man was taken into custody a short time ago.

Just before 11am, a man who had been barricaded inside a unit complex on White Street surrendered himself to police without incident.

Earlier, police made a declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act after officers were called to an address in Anne Street after a man fired a shot into a vehicle.

The man then retreated to a unit inside a complex on White Street where he fired another shot.

In a media conference a short time ago, police said the man had 'a number of personal issues' which escalated on Christmas Eve.

Charges are expected to be laid against the man.

Police would like to thank Southport residents for their understanding and cooperation whilst the operation was underway - particularly those whose Christmas plans were disrupted.

Police expected to re-open roads around the area after the disruption to many residents' Christmas Day.

 

 

Gold Coast siege: police swarm after man fires shot

POLICE have swarmed on a Gold Coast unit complex after a man fired a shot before retreating into a unit.

Police are asking Southport residents in White Street and surrounding areas to stay inside their homes for their safety as they respond to an incident.

A declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act was made at 2.10am after officers were called to an address in Anne Street after reports of a disturbance.

It is believed a man is armed and fired one shot before retreating to a unit inside a complex on White Street. Residents in the complex are being evacuated for their own safety.

At this stage, it is unknown how many people are inside the unit. Specialist police are at the scene. Police have blocked off areas around White Street. Motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible.

While police understand that many people will soon be wishing to leave their homes and make their way to Christmas festivities, for their own safety, they are requested to stay inside until advised otherwise.

They should also follow directions given to them by police.



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