Brisbane airport evacuated, on lockdown due to domestic violence incident

Brisbane airport evacuated, on lockdown due to domestic violence incident

Brisbane airport evacuated, on lockdown due to domestic violence incident

At around 9pm, police were called to the worldwide terminal following reports of a man in the food court, armed with a knife who was threatening a woman who is known to him.

Police said in a statement that there were no injuries to police officers or any members of the public.

Terrorism was later ruled out as the cause and the man was charged with domestic violence offences, falsely claiming to destroy or damage an aviation facility, and making a hoax bomb threat.

This is a developing story.

The man was later shot by police and arrested on Saturday night.

The incident began in the terminal's food court when the man pulled a knife on a screaming woman and placed a fake bomb on a table.

"We understand there has been considerable disruption to Brisbane International Airport tonight, we considered it important to evacuate the airport and make sure we could render everything safe", Fleming explained.

Police evacuated the area and declared an exclusion zone after the discovery of a "suspicious device" - the bomb squad was called in to investigate, and all trains were halted and flights grounded.

Brisbane Airport was reopened shortly after midnight, however passengers have been warned that delays are expected to continue well into Sunday.

Commissioner Ian Stewart told reporters yesterday the accused man had gone to "extraordinary lengths" to create a perception of "risk, threat and fear".

When an officer was asked if the local incident could be related to the earlier Brisbane situation, they reportedly told the Gold Coast Bulletin: "It seems to be a very similar incident". But Crawford said the man suffered a "health issue" on Sunday and was taken to a hospital where he was charged with offenses including contravening a restraining order and stalking with a weapon.

The man will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

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