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WATCH: Gym owner tells of frightening encounter with gunman

UPDATE 2PM: 

AN armed man who approached the owners of a new Maroochydore gym last night may have been looking for previous tenants of the premises.

Yvette Latham, who owns F4Bs training studio in Trinder Ave with her husband, Justin, said the man, who appeared to be on drugs and had a gun tucked into his pants, had come to the back door asking about bikes.

Ms Latham said that since opening their business in the building four weeks ago, she and her husband had fielded enquiries from other people looking for Big Bear Choppers, which had moved out.

"This is nothing to do with us. It's to do with the previous tenants and them not telling their customers ."

The Lathams' brush with the gunman about 6.30pm sparked a police launched a search of the Maroochdyore and Alexandra  Headland involving the dog squad and PolAir helicopter.

 

The owners of a Maroochydore gym say a man walked in to their business making demands with the handle of a suspected gun showing.
The owners of a Maroochydore gym say a man walked in to their business making demands with the handle of a suspected gun showing.

EARLIER:

POLICE have called off a search for an alleged gunman in Maroochydore, saying the case is "done and dusted", despite initial reports a man threatened a gym owner last night.   

The skies above Maroochydore thundered as a police chopper searched for a suspected gunman on the run.  

At about 6.30pm emergency services received reports a man with a gun had approached a gym owner Trinder Ave.   A land and air search ensued.  

Police cars scrambled to the area after the report from a member of the public claimed the man looked under the influence and was seen with a handgun under his belt.  

Police on patrol park at the Daily office as their search the Sugar Rd area for an alleged gunman.
Police on patrol park at the Daily office as their search the Sugar Rd area for an alleged gunman. Warren Lynam

The chopper was stood down just after 9pm with no one taken into custody at that stage in relation to the suspected fire-arm incident.  

In a separate incident during the time of the search, a man has been charged after allegedly shining a green light at the police helicopter. 

It will be alleged around 7.30pm whilst the police helicopter was performing patrols it was struck by a green laser beam forcing the crew to change course on several occasions.

Police subsequently searched a residence at Ewinga Court and allegedly located a laser device.

A 53-year-old Mountain Creek man has been charged with threatening the safety of an aircraft and possessing restricted items. He has been released on bail to appear at the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on June 18.

The red square shows the area that Queensland Police are currently searching for a suspected gunman in Maroochydore
The red square shows the area that Queensland Police are currently searching for a suspected gunman in Maroochydore

 

Topics:  gunman polair



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