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Lock your doors and stay inside: Urgent warning issued to residents of a Queensland town with a major police operation underway with reports of an armed man on the loose

  • Warwick residents told to remain inside
  • Police launched search for armed person 

Residents have been told to remain inside and lock their doors as an armed person remains on the loose in a Queensland town.

Police issued an emergency declaration as the situation unfolded at Warwick, southwest of Brisbane, at 10pm on Monday.

Wood Street, Gore Street, Grafton Street and Dragon Street residents were urged to remain indoors.

Residents have been told to remain inside and lock their doors as an armed person remains on the loose in a Queensland town

Residents have been told to remain inside and lock their doors as an armed person remains on the loose in a Queensland town

A Queensland Police spokeswoman told locals to not visit the area as police searched for the armed person. 

‘Police are currently conducting emergency operations in the area and requesting members of the public and aircraft to not attend the declared location,’ she said. 

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It is the second time in as many days an emergency declaration has been made after a gunman died following a standoff in Kirwan, near Townsville, on Monday.

The area was plunged into lockdown at 9pm on Sunday with the standoff lasting 10 hours and going through to Monday morning. 

A 50-year-old man had barricaded himself in his home with a shotgun and rifle and fired shots at police cars before shooting out the tyres of one of the vehicles.

Police negotiators frantically tried to defuse the situation before the gunman died and the standoff came to an end.

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