>>Police charge Queensland man over airport threat

 

WHAT WE KNOW

  • Police have shot a man at Brisbane International Airport
  • Police declared emergency situation but have now revoked it
  • Airport has been evacuated and trains stopped
  • Members of the public asked to avoid the airport

UPDATE: A MAN was last night shot by police in front of terrified travellers at Brisbane International Airport after allegedly pulling a "huge serrated knife" on a woman in the food court.

Specialist police fired at the man with non-lethal beanbag rounds just after 9pm and he was taken into custody.

It is understood the 50-year-old man, from Surfers Paradise, pulled the knife on a family member and threatened that he had a bomb during a domestic violence incident.

Police last night ruled out terrorism.

Footage of the ordeal, obtained exclusively by The ­Sunday Mail, shows the man waving a knife as scared witnesses watch on in fear.

11pm: Police have revoked the public safety declaration at Brisbane Airport tonight.

The declaration was revoked at 10.48pm.

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Investigations into the incident are continuing.

10.50pm: Brisbane Airport has been furiously replying to customers concerned about flights in the morning - some travelling from regional areas.

They have advised: "Once QPS revoke the PSPA, we will work to have operations resume at the International Terminal. We will update as soon as we can.".

The police have in place an emergency declaration for public safety.

The airport is directing people to check with their airlines directly about affected flights.

Members of the public waiting to collect passengers have been assured they are safe inside the terminal but no one is being allowed in or out.

Ankit Khanna and Sukh Bains arrived at the airport to collect a relative.

They said they had been told they were safe, that no one had been hurt but it was looking like a long night waiting on the footpath outside the terminal.

10.30pm: Police say there is no evidence to suggest the incident is terrorism related. 

"It is a domestic violence related situation," a statement says.

10.15pm: Traffic is backing up around the airport as approaches to the international terminal remain closed with police manning roadblocks.

Passengers remain locked aboard planes on the tarmac as the bomb squad and other authorities swept the airport.

Trains also remain stopped. 

Police are the only ones remaining on the scene after passengers and airport workers were evacuated.

10.05pm: Police have taken a man to a police station where he will be interviewed.

Specialist police remain at the airport conduction searches.

Passengers, cars and buses have filled nearby streets.

Police have thanked the public for their ongoing co-operation and patience.

9.40pm: Specialist police have taken a man into custody.

Police are now conducting clearance searches of the international terminal in Brisbane. 

It is understood the Special Emergency Response Team and the bomb squad were called to the incident, and non-lethal rounds were fired.

There are no reported injuries to members of the public or police.

BREAKING: POLICE have shot a man at Brisbane International Airport after he produced a knife and threatened to use explosives.

The suspect walking into the airport carrying a metal box with exposed wiring and claimed to be carrying a bomb, sources have told The Courier-Mail.

Australian Federal Police and Queensland police swarmed the international terminal, declaring an emergency situation and halting train services.

The area was cordoned off to pedestrians and traffic.

Queensland police confirmed a man had been taken into custody.

"Police are currently conducting clearance searches of the international terminal," police said in a statement.

"No reported injuries to any members of the public or police.

"PSPA (Public Safety Preservation Act) emergency declaration remains in place."

Police had been in negotiations with the man.

Nick Sherrard said it was a dramatic scene at the airport.

"Man took out a knife in departures just as we checked in," he wrote online.

Other witnesses said the saw an "old man" pull a knife from a bag near the food court and try to stab his former wife in what appeared to be a "domestic argument".

The airport has been evacuated and locked down, with trains halted as police declare an emergency situation.

Australian Federal Police and Queensland police are attending.

Police have advised members of the public to avoid the international airport which has been contained by specialist police.

Police have made a declaration under the Public Safety and Preservation Act..


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