Christmas siege ends with gunman in custody

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)

PICTURE: Jaydan Duck

Heavily armed SERT officers on the scene. PICTURE: Jaydan Duck

PICTURE: Jaydan Duck

Neighbouring residents watched on from afar in disbelief. PICTURE: Jaydan Duck

A smashed window in the complex were the armed man was hled up. PICTURE: Jaydan Duck

A smashed window in the complex where the gunman was holed up. PICTURE: Jaydan Duck

White Street was closed throughout the duration of the siege. PICTURE: Jaydan Duck

White Street was closed throughout the duration of the siege. PICTURE: Jaydan Duck

Police stationed outside the unit complex where the gunman was holed up. PICTURE: Jaydan Duck

Police outside the unit complex where the gunman was holed up. PICTURE: Jaydan Duck

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