Police surround Young St home in North Bundaberg
POLICE wearing bullet proof vests locked down a number of streets in North Bundaberg yesterday after a 67-year-old man barricaded himself in a house.
Just before 11am a number of emergency services were called to home in the Young St area after family members had concerns.
Detective acting senior sergeant Glen Cameron said it was procedure to consider the safety of the public when those sort incidences were reported.
When asked if there were any weapons located in the house Snr Sgt Cameron said police did check for weapons in the house and if any were located they would take possession of them until it can be determined if they were legal - he was not able to confirm if there were any located at the scene.
"Police respond when there is any sort of concern for the safety of any member of the public," he said.
"As a precautionary we asked people to stay where they were.
"We deploy appropriate resources so we resolve the situation."
Cafe 1928 owner Roger Bartolo said he had left his business to go to the bank before the saga started but was not able to return because police had the closed off the Botanic Gardens and the back entrance.
"The police didn't actually approach the cafe at any time," Mr Bartolo said.
"I heard about it and called my staff who said they didn't realise what was happening but when they went for a walk to check it out they were told by police to go back."
"As I was going back over north and saw heaps of police cars so knew something was going on."
The stand-off lasted for about an hour before a police negotiator was able to talk the man into giving himself up.
The elderly man was treated by Queensland Ambulance at the scene and taken to Bundaberg Hospital.
UPDATE 11.56am: Bundaberg Police have confirmed the situation has now been resolved and the road blocks have now been taken away. A few emergency services remain in the area and it is business as usual at Cafe 1928.
UPDATE 11.29am: It is believed police have evacuated all the family members and only the man remains in the house.
The 1928 Cafe is in lock down and roads surrounding the area are closed.
UPDATE 11:20am: Police are sending in a police negotiator to talk the man out of the house.
Family members say he could be armed.
BUNDABERG Police wearing bullet proof vests are currently on scene and monitoring a situation at Young St, North Bundaberg, near the Botanic Gardens.
It is believed a man is barricaded in a home and police aren't sure if he is armed or not.
A number of police officers and Queensland Ambulance Service personal are on the scene.
The NewsMail understand The 1928 Cafe is currently being evacuated and people are being asked to stay clear of the area.