Wanted man arrested on Gold Coast after alleged ‘shootout’ threat
Wanted man Mark Lutgenau has been arrested after being on the run since an alleged domestic violence incident on the Gold Coast on Monday night.
Gold Coast Police stations earlier increased security after Mr Lutgenau, 37, allegedly made threats online that the search for him would end in a “shootout”.
Specialist officers found Mr Lutgenau in Nerang and arrested him after an emergency declaration was issued.
He suffered a “minor bite” from a police dog, a Queensland Police spokesman said.
Yesterday, the search sparked an emergency declaration and the lockdown of a Gold Coast school, with tactical police officers in bulletproof vests scouring the suburb of Ormeau.
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Yesterday police escorted carloads of students out of Ormeau State School after a lockdown was enforced about 10am, leaving traffic backed up hundreds of metres at a roadblock as parents waited for their children.
Parents were forced to queue to be let inside police lines, where a deputy principal reunited them with their children.
“One’s in grade two, one’s in grade three, so I’m just wanting to hug them right now,” one mum said.
Five vehicles from the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) from Brisbane scoured the area to no avail.
The lockdown was lifted shortly before 5pm on Tuesday.