11AM: THE gunman at the centre of the 12 hour Christmas siege on the Gold Coast has surrendered to police.
Officers were first called to nearby Anne Street around 11.30pm on Christmas Eve following reports a man armed with a shotgun had fired a shot at a vehicle.
An emergency situation was declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act at 2.10am Christmas Day after the gunman retreated to White Street and barricaded himself inside a unit.
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It’s alleged the gunman – who made no demands to police – fired a second shot from the unit complex around 5am.
Heavily armed SERT officers quickly surrounded the building and parts of Scarborough and White Streets were blocked off.
Neighbouring units were evacuated and families wanting to make their way to Christmas morning festivities were unable to do so.
After 12 tense hours, the alleged gunman eventually surrendered himself to police about 11am without incident.
Roads have since reopened and G:link trams have resumed between Southport and Surfers Paradise.
Police have thanked residents for their understanding and cooperation whilst the operation was underway – particularly those whose Christmas plans were disrupted.
Investigations into the incident are continuing.
(Additional reporting Jaydan Duck)