Brisbane Airport in Australia was in lockdown after an emergency situation was declared Saturday night.
Around 9pm, police were called to the international terminal following reports of a man in the food court, allegedly armed with a knife who was threatening a woman who is known to him. “What he was saying, what he was doing, was certainly terrifying,” witnesses said. Police, ambulances, a fire truck and the dog squad soon arrived at the scene. The termninal was evacuated.The words and behaviours of the alleged offender gave police cause to need to check a number of locations on the Gold Coast for improvised explosive devices. The man had a suspected device with him at the airport.
All trains halted and flights grounded. Police had decided to use non-lethal rounds “to ensure the person of interest didn’t leave the area we wanted him to stay in”. The rounds struck the man in the torso. He was taken by police. The 50-year-old Surfers Paradise man was charged with one count each of contravene a domestic violence order, stalking with a weapon, bomb hoax, stealing and serious assault police. He is due to appear before the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Police have said the incident was a domestic violence related situation and that there was no evidence to suggest the incident was terrorism related. Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart declared the incident was highly volatile and absolutely life-threatening. A spokeswoman for Brisbane Airport said flights were delayed by one to three hours on Saturday night, but that by early Sunday morning no flights were delayed due to the security incident.