Police: Alleged shooter surrendered after negotiators called
NEGOTIATORS were called in to help police take a Collinsville man, 26, into custody after he allegedly shot another man in the abdomen at the weekend.
The injured Collinsville man, 29, remains in a serious condition in hospital and has undergone multiple surgeries after the alleged shooting at a home on Bowen Developmental Rd, Collinsville, about 12.45am on Sunday.
Nathan Blain, the Acting Inspector for the Mackay Police District which covers Collinsville, provided an update on the alleged shooting this morning, saying police used negotiators in the resolution of the incident and he claimed the situation could have been "more serious".
Acting Inspector Blain said they had identified the weapon as a .30-30 rifle, which had been stolen from Charters Towers in 2016.
"At about 12:40am police received reports of a disturbance at a private dwelling outside of Collinsville on the Bowen Development Rd," he said.
"Very soon after that, while the police were responding to that, we had a call from the hospital as well saying a male person 29 years of age had presented at the hospital, been taken there by some friends and suffered a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.
"Police soon identified that the two incidents were related and as a result, extra police were brought to Collinsville.
"Police were called in from outside and they came very quickly, negotiators were used and we had a very peaceful resolution to what could have been a much more serious incident."
Acting Inspector Blain said the alleged offender was facing numerous serious charges in Proserpine court today, including attempted murder.
"We identified a 26-year-old male who was the occupant of the residence on Bowen Development Rd as the (alleged) offender," he said.
"At about 2.15am he surrendered himself to police custody after speaking with negotiators.
"At this time he has been charged with attempted murder and acts intending to cause grievous bodily harm, as well as weapons-related offences and possession of drugs and utensils."
Acting Inspector Blain said it was too early to say what the argument was about, or if it was a drug-related dispute.
Drugs were located at the scene, he said.
"That is part of the inquiries at the moment, I can say several witnesses were present and are helping police piece together what exactly happened," he said.
"I understand a party had been going on earlier in the evening, the party was at a different location in Collinsville, and at some point during the night they have gone out to this property where the incident occurred."
The 29-year-old man who was shot is in a "very serious" but stable condition at Townsville Hospital.
"Three men went to the property and one of them was shot in the abdomen. He is now in a very serious condition in ICU (at) Townsville Hospital, he's had a number of surgeries and will be in hospital for quite some time," Acting Inspector Blain said.
Acting Inspector Blain commended the combined efforts of the emergency services personnel who attended the incident.
"I'd like to commend the emergency service response, with the ambulance, the hospital staff and the police," he said.
"Policing these kinds of incidents in rural areas can be quite challenging and quite dynamic."