Police have arrested two wanted men on the Gold Coast, ending a 20-hour siege in the suburb of Nerang.
Police locked down the area around 3pm yesterday, forcing many locals to sleep in their cars as the standoff continued into the night.
Police negotiators and heavily armed specialist police surrounded a townhouse where two men, a 25-year-old Tugun man and a 32-year-old from Labrador, were believed to be armed.
The two men, who are wanted on return to prison warrants are believed to have known the home’s owner.
“With a return to prison warrant those are activated when they breach some sort of condition of their release from prison,” Detective inspector Chris Ahern said.
“One of the people did have a bracelet and they had removed it in recent days.
“Obviously as we can see from today they’re not interested in coming into contact with police.”
The two men eventually surrendered to police around 11am this morning and were taken into custody.
Police confirmed the area is no longer on emergency alert, revoking the Public Safety Preservation Act.
9News understands that a woman, her sister and their elderly mother were held hostage in a townhouse for four hours by the men before being released.
Queensland Police have maintained that there have been no hostages involved in the incident so far.
Residents of Riverpark Drive, McLaren Road, Kopwhai Place and Inverness Street were put under an exclusion order, which meant those who were home at the time could not leave, and those who were away were unable to return.
People were still being turned away at police checkpoints this morning, with some telling 9News they were forced to spend a chilly night sleeping in their cars.
One stranded resident said he left his home to get groceries and was unable to return home.
“I left the house to go and get some groceries to watch the footy,” he said.
“They let me out and I couldn’t get back in.”
“I’ve got an 87-year-old mother at home that I wanted to get to but hey, you just gotta go with the flow I suppose,” another woman said.
One resident said he would likely be forced to return to work after sleeping in his vehicle.
“I’ll probably make my way back to work, unshaven, unshowered, yesterday’s clothes,” he said.
9News understands the men are wanted for questioning over the shooting of an Arundel police beat earlier this week.
Two officers were inside the beat when the shooting took place at about 3.45am on June 6, but were uninjured.
Police also want to question the men over a drive-by shooting in Coolangatta on June 4 in which a man driving with his wife and son was injured.
Police said it remains unclear if the men were involved in the two incidents.
Investigations are continuing.