Armed woman begins siege

A WOMAN with a knife barricaded herself in a West Warwick home and held police at bay for more than four hours this morning.

The usually quiet suburban Margaret Street was turned into a parking lot of emergency service crews as Warwick Police negotiators coaxed the woman to drop her weapon and surrender about 9.40am.

A Queensland Police spokeswoman said the siege began when officers were positioned at the rental address since 5.30am.

"The woman was walking down Margaret Street yelling threats," the spokeswoman said.

"When police arrived she barricaded herself in the home with a knife. No one was in the house with her, she was not injured and no one else was injured."

A shocked Margaret Street resident said she awoke to the sound of screaming and saw a woman in her 50s with a knife also "holding a bunch of dried flowers" and a number of police vehicles outside.

Another resident said she called police when she heard a woman yelling most of Tuesday night.

"The woman is known to us (the people of the street)," the resident said.

"I can’t believe this has happened in this street, in Warwick. It’s usually quiet here, all the kids play together.

"I just can’t believe it."

Police cordoned off the street’s end and turned motorists away as a number of officers stood in formation around the property. Ambulance officers were also present at the emotionally-charged scene.


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