'Armed man' locks down high school, shopping centre

A Queensland high school and shopping centre were placed on lock down on Friday morning amid claims of an armed man in the area.

Police declared an emergency situation in Centenary Heights, Toowoomba, at 6.55am on Friday after officers were called to a home on Hunter Street “following reports of located stolen vehicle and possibly armed man”.

Hunter Street, Jackson Street, South Street and Jewell Street were blocked off from the public before being reopened following the man’s arrest just before 11pm.

Centenary Heights State High School was placed on lockdown for more than an hour on Friday morning. Source: Facebook

Police had urged residents to stay inside their homes or avoid the area entirely.

Nearby Centenary Heights State High School was placed on lockdown for more than an hour before it was lifted at 11.45am.

“Staff and students are safe and have returned to their normal routine. Further information regarding the lockdown will be emailed,” the school wrote on its Facebook.

Southtown Shopping Centre was also forced to close its doors.

“There is a domestic incident currently taking place in the neighbourhood, as a precautionary measure QPS have locked down the area to enable them to deal with the incident effectively,” the centre wrote on its Facebook during the lockdown.

“We’ve been informed that our traders are safe.”

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