Clem 7 standoff ends after 7 hours

A MAN has been taken into police custody following a stand-off on the roof of the Clem 7 tunnel at Kangaroo Point.

It's understood the Special Emergency Response Team were sent in and the man was roped to the cherry picker of a Queensland Fire and Emergency vehicle.

The man was armed with two knives during the siege, which began about 7am, forcing the closure of Shaftston Avenue and causing major traffic disruptions.

Kangaroo Point resident Aaron Walker said the man took the knives from the kitchen of a nearby coffee shop around 6.30 this morning - and attacked him and the cafe staff.

A knife-wielding man is in a standoff with police on the roof of the southern entrance to the Clem 7 tunnel. Picture: Sarah Matthews
A knife-wielding man is in a standoff with police on the roof of the southern entrance to the Clem 7 tunnel. Picture: Sarah Matthews

"I went to the coffee shop - I go there every day, and I saw the girls inside crying and on the phone," Mr Walker said.

"One of the girls was trying to get me inside and half explaining that there was a guy who's just taken two knives.

"And just as she said 'knives' I saw him running around the corner with these two big knives pointing towards us.

"I took two steps back and fell over the table. He then barged into the cafe and cornered one girl around the counter.

A man sits on the exhaust vents of the Clem 7 Tunnel on Shaftston Avenue, Kangaroo Point. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia Baxter
A man sits on the exhaust vents of the Clem 7 Tunnel on Shaftston Avenue, Kangaroo Point. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia Baxter

"Then the guy came running out of the cafe, through the park and obviously out here."

"This guy was wearing a black hoodie and his sleeves were really long and so you couldn't see his hands, only 30cm blades," Mr Walker said. "He was definitely high, definitely completely out of it.

"He had a plastic bag with a form in it, it looked like some kind of release paper from a rehab.

Police are reportedly negotiating with a man armed with a knife at the entrance to the Clem 7 tunnel at Kangaroo Point. Picture: Channel 9
Police are reportedly negotiating with a man armed with a knife at the entrance to the Clem 7 tunnel at Kangaroo Point. Picture: Channel 9

"I'm feeling pretty shaken. If he'd wanted to he was only a metre away - he could have put a knife in my chest."

The man is still speaking with police negotiators but has also been heard yelling "F*** off" to them.

The man yelled "f*** off, just f*** off," to two female police negotiators before taking his knives out of his pockets and taking a few steps towards them.

A man stands on the exhaust vents of the Clem 7 Tunnel on Shaftston Avenue, Kangaroo Point. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia Baxter
A man stands on the exhaust vents of the Clem 7 Tunnel on Shaftston Avenue, Kangaroo Point. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia Baxter

Local resident Tina Alshaikhli said she saw police had blocked the roads when she woke up around 7.30 this morning.

"Then I saw him on the roof. He wasn't yelling or anything just walking around," she said.

"I thought it was very strange."

All lanes of Shafston Avenue were blocked on either side of the tunnel.

About 10 police officers are stationed at the entrance and exit to the Clem 7 tunnel. Picture: Sarah Matthews
About 10 police officers are stationed at the entrance and exit to the Clem 7 tunnel. Picture: Sarah Matthews

 

Shafston Avenue has been closed in both directions. Picture: Sarah Matthews
Shafston Avenue has been closed in both directions. Picture: Sarah Matthews

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