UPDATE: Dramatic end to marathon M'boro siege

UPDATE: A marathon stand-off between police and a man, suspected to have been armed, has come to an end.

Just after 2pm today, police stormed a Maryborough residence where a man had been holed up with his brother since about 2am.

The man, who allegedly told police he was armed and threatened to use his weapons on others, had barricaded himself into the house with furniture, the Chronicle understands.

Police say the man had started to light fires inside the house and because of current conditions made the decision to storm the house and end the siege.

The man will be taken away for medical assessment.

Charges are expected to be laid.

The PSPA, in place since early this morning, has now been revoked and roads are open.

EARLIER: A standoff between police crews and a man believed to be armed continues near the Maryborough CBD.

Police negotiators and special emergency operations teams are still on scene, first called about 3.30am today.

Refreshments have been brought to the scene for police crews.

EARLIER: The special emergency operations team has arrived on scene at an ongoing police siege in Maryborough.

A police office at the scene said the team was a "last resort" after negotiations were exhausted.

The team arrived on the scene in two black 4WD vehicles.

The special operations team has surrounded the front of the house and a police dog is on site.

EARLIER: The armed man holed up in a house in Maryborough has another person in the house with him.

Superintendent Craig Hawkins spoke to the media, saying the other person, believed to be the man's brother, was safe.

He said the armed man was known to police and officers were working to resolve the situation peacefully.

The man is understood to be in possession of a "bladed weapon", Supt Hawkins said.

It is unknown if he has any other weapons.

Supt Hawkins said information about the armed man came to police from the public about 2am today.

Police negotiations continue, with a police dog being used and a "door opening implement" on site.

Ambulance and fire crews are on scene, as per the police contingency plan.

EARLIER: POLICE have made an emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) in relation to an armed man in Maryborough.

A declaration was made at 3.35am after the man, who is believed to be in a residential property, stated he had weapons and would use them on others.

Police were notified and immediately attended the scene, establishing a cordon of the area.

Maryborough's Adelaide Lane between Ann and Albert sts is in the middle of an alleged siege. Streets surrounding the lane have been blocked off by police.
Maryborough's Adelaide Lane between Ann and Albert sts is in the middle of an alleged siege. Streets surrounding the lane have been blocked off by police. Boni Holmes

It is unknown if anyone else is inside the residence with the man.

"The PSPA declaration for Alice Street encompasses the area surrounding Alice Street to Adelaide Lane and boundaries of Bazaar Street, Anne Street and Lennox Street," police said.

Maryborough's Adelaide Lane between Ann and Albert sts is in the middle of an alleged siege. Streets surrounding the lane have been blocked off by police.
Maryborough's Adelaide Lane between Ann and Albert sts is in the middle of an alleged siege. Streets surrounding the lane have been blocked off by police. Boni Holmes

"Residents within the cordon are advised to stay indoors and members of the public are advised to avoid the area."

Specialist police and negotiators are on scene.


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