Gunman shot dead by police after barricading himself in business center during six-hour siege
- Injured man is believed to be in critical condition at Brisbane hospital
- Heavily armed specialist police were at the scene of the six o’clock siege
- Dozens of emergency vehicles and agents surrounded the premises
An armed man was shot dead by police after a six-hour siege in Brisbane where he barricaded himself inside a business center.
The man, 48, was rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital and is believed to be in critical condition.
A police spokeswoman said the man was shot dead on Monday around 7:30 p.m. after raising his gun at police. She couldn’t tell how many shots were fired.
The spokeswoman said there was nothing to suggest the incident was ideologically motivated.
Dozens of emergency vehicles, including police and ambulances, surrounded the gas station (pictured)
The man entered the area around 1:20 p.m., when police were called and reported disturbances.
At around 3 p.m., police said he had brandished a gun and specialist officers rushed to the scene.
Members of the public were in the business center during the siege, but were separated from the suspected gunman and were neither threatened nor injured.
Nearby businesses on Compton Road in the Brisbane suburb of Stretton were evacuated as police tried to negotiate with him.
Dozens of emergency vehicles, including police and ambulances, surrounded the area, with a police helicopter overhead.
Police officers were also stationed behind the store.
Authorities remained behind as the Ethics Standards Command investigated the incident and the shooting.
Traffic was diverted during the incident, but Compton Road reopened westbound around 8:30 p.m.