Police reveal live shots were fired during Queen St siege

The alleged gunman.
The alleged gunman. Seven News

POLICE have confirmed live bullets, and not just non-lethal ammunition, was used to end the Queen St Mall siege in Brisbane on Friday.

Police said on Friday non-lethal rounds were used to subdue a 34-year-old Caboolture man who was allegedly brandishing a handgun in the busy Queen St Mall precinct.

But in a statement issued on Monday afternoon police revealed lethal ammunition was also used to end the 90-minute standoff.

"As per standard practice, Ethical Standards Command will overview an investigation into the appropriateness of the police action in resolving the incident," the statement read.

Queen St Mall was evacuated while police worked to defuse the emergency situation on Friday.

The Caboolture man was taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital with minor, non life-threatening injuries after the incident and was later charged with five counts of serious assault and one count each of going armed so as to cause fear and carry exposed weapon in a public place.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday.

Investigations into the incident were continuing.

Topics:  crime guns police weapons

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