Gun drama in Redbank Plains
THERE were dramatic scenes in a suburban Ipswich street yesterday when armed police confronted a man in possession of a sawn-off rifle.
In front of scores of terrified residents, police in bullet proof vests – pistols and tasers drawn – waved down the suspect's black Mazda sedan about 3pm.
The incident began after police were called to a disturbance at Berrigan St, Redbank Plains, about 2.30pm.
About 14 officers surrounded the residence and also patrolled adjacent Cedar Rd, warning residents not to enter the area, before eventually taking the man into custody.
Nobody was injured.
Witnesses reported seeing children's toys, a horror mask and what looked like a sawn-off firearm emptied out of the black Mazda Six, which was taken away for scientific examination.
Frightened long-time residents, who did not want to give their names, said they had seen crime rise in the area in recent months.
“I have lived here for 30 years but I have never seen anything like this – a man being arrested by seven police with guns drawn and tasers,” the man said as the police moved in on the suspect.
“In the last six months we've seen a lot more police.
“There have been three or four incidents. There was a stabbing on the same street and we've seen people doing burnouts and losing control of their cars.”
The man's partner said she was concerned for her children, who witnessed the suspect being arrested.
She was in the path of the black Mazda before police intercepted it – only 20 metres from where she was standing with her children.
“We were terrified standing there,” the woman said.
“He was coming straight towards us. That is why I ran and hid behind the fence and the kids screamed. Their hearts were racing.
“I've been telling them that everything is okay.
“The oldest one was worried that the guy might go nuts but I said that the police have him and we are okay. We are safe.”
Police last night confirmed they had arrested a 34-year-old man from Pimpama, on the Gold Coast.
The man was assisting with police inquiries as the Queensland Times went to press.
Police said two other men who lived at the Berrigan St residence were charged with drug offences.