UPDATE: 9PM

THE Pol Air chopper has been stood down and will return to Brisbane after a dramatic two-hour search for a suspected gunman in Maroochydore.

It is not yet known if the gunman has been located.

Earlier efforts by police were hampered by a resident allegedly shining a green laser at the chopper. One man is understood to be in custody for this.

More details as they arise.

EARLIER

POLICE are searching the Maroochydore area for a man who reportedly approached a gym owner with a handgun this evening.

The gunman was reportedly seen in Trinder Ave about 6.30pm.

Police are searching the Sugar Road area following  a possible sighting.

A Pol Air helicopter has been brought in to help in the search.

The man was described as about 50 years old, wearing a green shirt, green pants, and sunglasses, and possibly under the influence of a substance.

Police officers now have to visit a property in the area after reports residents were dangerously shining a green laser at the chopper.

The red square shows the area that Queensland Police are currently searching for a suspected gunman in Maroochydore
The red square shows the area that Queensland Police are currently searching for a suspected gunman in Maroochydore

 


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