The moment an alleged gunman locks down the Mackay CBD.
The moment an alleged gunman locks down the Mackay CBD.

Police reveal new details in gunman incident

2.50PM: THE WEAPONS used by the alleged gunman were licensed to a relative, police have confirmed. 

Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said police will allege Troy Dean Sprigg, 29, of Sarina, stole the rifles from a family member. 

It is also alleged he fired at least six shots, a few into his car and then into the air. At least one bullet hit a building on Gregory St. 

At one point 15 to 20 police officers were on scene, including Sergeant Tasman Place, who was one of the first to respond. 

Sgt Place explained that police did not confront Sprigg because they had the "luxury of time".

"We then engaged in a prolong negotiation with him," he said. 

"We don't like to rush these things, once the CBD was closed we had the luxury of time, so we didn't want to rush."



EARLIER: TWO HIGH-POWERED rifles were allegedly used to fire multiple rounds into the air during yesterdays Mackay CBD lock down.

Queensland Police have revealed the man at the centre of the incident, now identified as Troy Dean Sprigg, allegedly fired up to eight rounds, with one shot hitting a building.

"These are two very high-powered rifles - one of them with a scope and a tripod and obviously because of the size of the rounds they could travel quite a distance," police Superintendent Bruce McNab has told ABC radio.

The 29-year-old Sarina man surrendered to police about 8pm and was transported to Mackay Base Hospital where police say he underwent an assessment.

He has been charged with one count each of going armed to cause fear, dangerous conduct with a weapon, common assault, unlawful possession of a weapon used to commit an indictable offence and authority required to possess explosives.

Mackay detectives are continuing to investigate the incident and are appealing for public assistance.

Detectives are encouraging anyone who witnessed the incident, those who have dash-cam footage, or businesses with CCTV to contact police.