UPDATE 5PM: A SIX-HOUR siege has come to an end in Brisbane's inner-west after police cornered two men allegedly armed with firearms.

Officers were allegedly fired at during the stand-off.

A 29-year-old man and a 33-year-old man are in custody after the siege at Auchenflower ended about 4.45pm.

Coronation Drive has reopened but traffic remains heavy in the area. 

 

EARLIER: PART of Brisbane's inner-west remains in lockdown as police negotiate with gunmen holed up in an apartment complex. Police confirmed a shot had been fired at officers.

Police have cordoned off an area of Auchenflower in Brisbane's inner west while they deal with a "police incident" involving two people who were "seen to be armed".

Police this afternoon confirmed that a shot had been fired at officers. There are no reports of injuries.

Police sent a robotic devic closer to the scene just before 4pm this afternoon as negotiations continued.

Police sent a robot closer to the scene. Picture: David Clark
Police sent a robot closer to the scene. Picture: David Clark

Members of the public have been told to avoid the area and traffic is heavy in on Coronation Driver, which remains closed in one section. 

Police have made an emergency declaration and closed multiple streets. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are being diverted and ferry services to Auchenflower have been suspended.

A remotely controlled police vehicle on Coronation Drive, Auchenflower. Picture: Liam Kidston
A remotely controlled police vehicle on Coronation Drive, Auchenflower. Picture: Liam Kidston

The police operation in centred around the Chasely Apartment Hotel on the corner of Chasely Street and Coronation Drive.

"At about 11am this morning, detectives accompanied by our special emergency response team came to a unit here in Chasley Street, at Auchenflower, investigating a number of property offences," Inspector Tony Ridge said this afternoon.

"When our SERT officers were gaining entry to the unit there was a shot fired and the two male offenders barricaded themselves inside a unit.

"The two male offenders are still negotiating with our police negotiators.

"I am aware that there is traffic congestion in the surrounding streets and I ask local residents to be patient while we work to resolve this situation as peacefully as we can.

"Coronation Drive remains closed at the moment, and that's purely for the safety of members of the public because this is a firearms related incident.

"We do know that these offenders are armed."

Insp Ridge said the men were known to police, and that the "property offences" he referred to involved a number of offences from the south side of Brisbane.

While a shot was fired, no police officers have been injured.

"We'll negotiate as long as we can to resolve this situation," he said.

Police had not fired any shots.

It is believed the two men rented an apartment in recent days but do not live there permanently.

A drone, believed to be a police drone, can be seen flying over the area.
A drone, believed to be a police drone, can be seen flying over the area.

A labourer working on the street behind the siege site said he had not heard any shots fired but police cars with sirens blared roared down the street just before lunch.

"A detective jumped out with a shotgun and I watched him put on a flack jacket before he ran down the street," he said.

A police boat in the Brisbane River has been patrolling in front of the building and a tiny drone was hovering about 75m away from the building roof.

Guests and residents in the apartment have drawn their curtains shut and a drone is hovering over the complex.

A witness at the scene, Dikshya Bhattarai, described the moment police knocked on their door.

"We heard a sound, there was banging on the door, and thought that someone was fighting and then we were about to come out when police knocked on our door and said to stay in.

Police can be seen in the Brisbane River at Auchenflower.
Police can be seen in the Brisbane River at Auchenflower.

"We just stayed in and we watched through the looking glass in the door and there were some police with guns and they were saying to someone to come out.

"After maybe one and a half hours they asked us to come down and we evacuated downstairs and there were some police."

 

Earlier reports suggested the gunman had fired shots but at 1pm police said no shots had been fired. Police have since confirmed at least one shot had been fired.

Officers attended the scene at 11am and a declaration under the Public Safety and Preservation Act was made at noon.

"Officers were called to an address on Coronation Drive as part of an ongoing investigation and noticed two armed men," police said this afternoon.

"A cordon remains in place and police are asking people to avoid the area."

Trains were still running to and from Auchenflower station at 1.30pm despite an exclusion zone being in place nearby.

The PSPA takes in the boundaries of Coronation Drive, Lang Parade, Dunmore Terrace and Chasely Street, back to Coronation Drive and up to Land Street.

People have been asked to avoid the area.

Wesley Hospital staff have been told a "Code Brown" is in effect - meaning the hospital is subject to an "external threat".

A spokeswoman for Queensland Ambulance Service said it had not been impacted by the incident and still had access to the Wesley Hospital.

Police have made an emergency declaration in response to an incident in Auchenflower.
Police have made an emergency declaration in response to an incident in Auchenflower.

Passengers on board a bus were earlier told the bus was diverting off Coronation Drive in Auchenflower because of an "active shooter" up ahead.

Passengers on board a bus were told the bus was diverting off Coronation Drive in Auchenflower because of an "active shooter" up ahead.

Translink has alerted passengers that all its buses will be diverted and CityCats suspended.

"Due to an incident requiring emergency services, buses travelling along Coronation Drive Auchenflower are currently diverted in both directions and several stop are being missed," the announcement said.

"CityCats are suspended between Milton and Regatta ferry terminals. Customers are asked to avoid the area."

Police redirecting traffic on Eagle Terrace in Auchenflower after a man reportedly fired a gun. Picture: Tara Croser.
Police redirecting traffic on Eagle Terrace in Auchenflower after a man reportedly fired a gun. Picture: Tara Croser.

A UnitingCare Queensland spokesperson said the police operation was affecting access to the Wesley Hospital via Coronation Drive. But she said the hospital could still be accessed via Milton Road.

"The Wesley management team will act in accordance with any advice from the Queensland Police Service," she said.

"All further enquiries will need to be directed to the Queensland Police Service."

Guests at the Founda Gardens Serviced Apartments, inside the restricted area, have been told not to leave "at this stage".

 

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