A man has fired a sawn-off rifle in a gaming room of a Queensland pub as police tried to speak with him, it is alleged.
The man allegedly threatened patrons and police with a knife at Toowoomba’s Bridge Street Hotel on Friday in an incident which sent a number of nearby schools into lockdown.
Police said officers used a taser and pepper spray during a violent struggle to subdue the man.
He was later taken to hospital with a broken arm. No one was injured by the single shot fired.
A man and woman, who were both at the venue with the arrested man, fled in a car when the disturbance began about 11am. Police searched the nearby area for the pair and did not find them.
Police are appealing for the pair to contact local detectives.
Superintendent Mark Kelly said officers had been conducting a routine patrol of the pub, and acted in an “extremely tenacious and courageous” way.
The Queensland Education Department said Toowoomba North State School, Newtown State School and Toowoomba West Special School were put into precautionary lockdowns for a short period in response to the police operation.
A spokeswoman said parents and carers were informed of the situation.