Gunman surrenders to police after sparking emergency declaration in Qld

A MAN has been charged with a number of weapons offences after he allegedly sparked an emergency declaration in the Mackay CBD overnight.

Around 5.20pm, police were called to a disturbance near a licensed premises on Gregory Street with reports of an armed man.

An emergency declaration was made shortly after and an exclusion zone was set up, with people in the area told to “seek shelter in a secure place”.


After a number of hours, a 29-year-old Sarina man surrendered to police and was arrested without incident.

He has since been charged with one count each of going armed to cause fear, dangerous conduct with a weapon, common assault, unlawful possession of a weapon used to commit an indictable offence and authority required to possess explosives.

The man was denied police bail and remanded in custody to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court this morning.

Police say investigations continue with further charges likely.