UPDATE: Man awaiting charges over armed siege

What we know:

  • Police were called to a unit in Woodend at 8.30pm last night
  • A man, believed to be armed with a rifle, was in a stand-off with police for almost 13 hours
  • Surrounding residents were evacuated
  • An ambulance entered the unit complex
  • The armed man was found unresponsive and was placed in an ambulance
  • SERT officers left the scene
  • The man was taken into custody and treated for a broken leg
  • He is yet to be charged

UPDATE: A MAN who spent almost 13 hours in a tense armed stand-off with police yesterday is yet to be charged.

The siege ended with an armed man being taken away with a broken leg and blood dripping down his face.

Inspector Michael Trezise was at the scene and said the siege ended peacefully just before 10am yesterday morning.

"He was unresponsive and the call was made to go in. The man…(was) taken into custody and treated by ambulance (officers)," he said.

"He's also got a broken leg that happened prior to police arriving and he's got some facial injuries."

Police were called to a unit complex on Elizabeth St, Woodend at about 8.30pm Sunday night after residents reported loud shouting coming from one of the units.

The man (pictured) was taken out of the unit by paramedics and police.
The man (pictured) was taken out of the unit by paramedics and police.

Officers on the scene found a woman, aged 41, unconscious outside the property.

Once the woman regained consciousness she and another male witness told police they were threatened by the man inside the unit, who police believe was armed with a rifle.

The woman was taken to Ipswich Hospital for treatment of a broken leg.

The armed man, aged 40, refused to talk with police negotiators and remained in a stand-off with police for almost 13 hours.

SERT officers arrived on the scene at about 8.10am yesterday morning while police negotiators attempted to communicate with the man.

Residents in surrounding units were evacuated by police shortly after SERT officers arrived.

"The impacts of injuries he sustained plus his medication is limiting his ability to communicate with us," he said.

Paramedics entered the unit complex at about 9.10am yesterday morning.

SERT officers then entered a Woodend unit at about 9.30am and found the man non-responsive.

He was taken away in an ambulance and was treated by paramedics for non-life threatening injuries.

Inspector Trezise said police believed the matter to be domestic-related and investigations would continue.

"We used no force at all and none of the injuries obtained by the offender were performed by police," he said.

"Unfortunately (these matters) aren't as uncommon as police would like.

"We're just glad this one was resolved peacefully."

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UPDATE 9.20AM: THE siege at Elizabeth St in Woodend is over.

The man, aged 40 and armed with a rifle, was found unresponsive by police just before 9.20am.

Paramedics entered the unit and treated the man who they say has non-life threatening injuries.

The man has just been placed in an ambulance for further treatment.

UPDATE 9.10AM: AMBULANCE officers have entered the Woodend unit complex where a man, armed with a rifle, has been in a stand-off with police for almost 13 hours.

A team of paramedics entered the area just after 9am this morning to treat the 40-year-old who is believed to be injured and on medication.

Police are still trying to negotiate with the armed mam.

UPDATE 8.45AM: POLICE have revealed a man armed with a rifle in Woodend is injured and on medication.

Inspector Keith McDonald said the 40-year-old man, who has been in a stand-off with police for more than 12 hours, is not communicating with negotiators.

"The impacts of injuries he sustained plus his medication is limiting his ability to communicate with us," he said.

Inspector McDonald said police threw a phone up to the man who did not pick it up.

He said the last communication police had with the man was a "muffled groan" about an hour ago.

Police will continue to try to negotiate with the armed man.

SERT crews and paramedics remain on the scene.

Woodend siege continues more than 12 hours on.
Woodend siege continues more than 12 hours on.

UPDATE 8.10AM: RESIDENTS have been evacuated from their homes in Elizabeth St, Woodend as an armed man still refuses to talk to police.

The man, 40, remains in a stand-off with police in a siege that has continued for more than 12 hours.

Earlier police threw a phone onto the man's balcony however he refused to communicate with negotiators.

Elizabeth St remains closed off.

It is believed police negotiators are having trouble contacting the armed man, who is refusing to come outside or answer a phone police had given him to communicate.

The Special Emergency Response Team has also arrived on scene.

Inspector Keith McDonald confirmed police would evacuate the area if the armed man became aggressive.

He said two witnesses, a man and a woman, were threatened with a long arm weapon by the 40-year-old man.

Police were called to the unit at about 8.30pm last night to find a woman lying on the footpath unconscious.

The woman, 41, came to and told police the man was armed before she was taken from the scene to Ipswich Hospital.

The man has been in talks with police negotiators for almost 11 hours now and paramedics remain on stand-by.

The siege, in the near vicinity of St Mary's Primary School, St Mary's College and St Edmund's College, has seen Elizabeth St closed however Mary St remains open for now.

Parents are asked to communicate with school leaders for further information.

EARLIER: POLICE negotiators are attempting to coax a man, suspected to be armed, from his Woodend home in Ipswich after authorities were called to the street following a disturbance.

As yet, the negotiators have not had great luck.

Police were called to the unit at about 8.30pm, and a woman was taken from the scene with injuries. They were not thought to be life threatening.

Reports from the scene suggest police were told by another person who had been in the house that the man was armed.

At 12.52am, police declared the area off-limits.

The street is now blocked off.



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