Two men cornered in tense standoff with cops as Gold Coast locals caught up in dangerous siege forced to sleep in their cars after they were ordered to ‘stay indoors until further notice’
- Negotiations between police and the two men continue as siege enters 16th hour
- Police blocked off several streets in Nerang on the Gold Coast on Wednesday
- Residents remain in lockdown, some unable to return home and slept in cars
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Residents in a Gold Coast suburb have spent the night in lockdown after they were caught up in a dramatic siege that has kept locals locked up inside for more than 12 hours.
Police cornered two wanted men after they barricaded themselves in a duplex belonging to an elderly couple in Nerang around 3.30pm on Wednesday afternoon.
A nearby primary school immediately went into lockdown before police extended the emergency declaration and exclusion zone two hours later.
The exclusion zone encompasses Riverpark Drive, McLaren Road, Kopwhai Place and Inverness Street, which remained blocked off by dozens of police on Thursday morning.
Police have urged residents to stay indoors and warned the public to keep away.
Some spent the night sleeping in their cars, unable to return home.
Several streets in Nerang remain closed off by police on Thursday as a tense standoff between police and two men enters its 16th hour
One resident was unable to return home to her elderly mother.
‘They won’t let me past just to get home,’ the woman told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
‘Police should really have something set up for when something like this happens.
‘I live with my elderly mother, I can’t get to her, and I’ve got nowhere else to go. I just have to wait it out.
It’s understood the two men were wanted on return to prison warrants.
Reports have surfaced that one of the men had cut off a GPS ankle-tracking bracelet and was on the run before being confronted by police.
It’s believed the men may be linked to two shootings in recent days, including a police station drive-by shooting at Arundel early Monday morning.
Shots were also fired into a car driving through Coolangatta last Saturday.
The elderly couple were released but a woman in her 80s was treated by paramedics for shock.
More to come