‘No one wants to harm you’: Negotiators speak with armed man
Police negotiators are this morning using a microphone in an attempt to communicate with an armed man holed up inside a Brisbane home.
Negotiators could be heard speaking to the man from outside the Sunnybank home, saying: "This is the police. No one wants to harm you".
The exclusion zone, from Dyson Ave, Gedde Place, Beenleigh Rd and Ganda Place, established by police yesterday morning remains in place on Friday morning.
Reporters on the scene earlier reported hearing two or three "gun shots" but police say
they were from fireworks or a vehicle backfire, from a location unrelated to the siege.
Police and paramedics remain on standby in neighbouring streets.
The man, believed to be holding a woman and a young boy hostage, is armed with a gun.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said paramedics remain on standby at the scene and are not assessing any patients.
Officers from the Special Emergency Response Team and the Public Safety Response Team remain on scene.
A police media spokeswoman said the incident is ongoing and there is no further information available presently.
A witness yesterday claimed to have heard a man and woman fighting at about 9am today.
They said the woman could be heard screaming before police swarmed the area moments later.
Neighbours have described the area as "a very peaceful and lovely place," as witnesses described seeing dozens of police swarm the area.
"There must have been about 40 police here in armour … there were some guys in camouflage and holding rifles," a witness said.
It's understood the man does not live at the Dyson Ave home, however has been staying with a female relative at the house for the last two or three days.
Trains on the Beenleigh line, which runs partially through the exclusion zone, were initially affected, but services have returned to normal.
Police negotiators, detectives and other specialist officers from the tactical crime squad are attempting to defuse the situation.
Regional Duty Officer Acting Inspector Mick Ackery said police had attended the home at about 10.30am.
"Specialist police have been responding to an incident … the situation is ongoing and police are looking to do their best to come up with a peaceful resolution to it," he said.
Acting Insp Ackery would not confirm who was inside the home with the man, nor would he comment further on the type of weapon used.
"It's an ongoing matter, a dynamic and fluid situation," Acting Insp Ackery said.
He stated police had attended the address prior to the incident this morning but would not say why.
Acting Insp Ackery confirmed the incident did not start at the Banoon train station and had been ongoing at the one Dyson Ave address for several hours.
The public are urged to remain outside of the exclusion zone while police work to resolve the situation.
"We're prepared to deal with the situation as long as it takes to ensure the safety of the community and anyone inside that house."
Originally published as Child held hostage in home with armed man