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Queen Street Mall siege gunman accused of stabbing murder

Queen Street Mall siege gunman accused of stabbing murder

Police have closed off streets and established an exclusion zone in Brisbane’s north as they negotiate with a man in relation to the fatal stabbing of a former soldier.

An emergency situation at Carseldine was declared by police about 9pm, with an exclusion zone put in place in Denver Street, Lucinda Street, McCallum Street and Gympie Road, Queensland Police said in a statement.

It is understood police are negotiating with Lee Matthew Hillier, 39, who they have been searching for since Nathan Frazer was fatally stabbed on a Murrumba Downs road early yesterda

Hillier was handed a four-and-half year jail term after he staged a siege in the Queen Street Mall five years ago.

Lee Matthew Hillier, seen here on CCTV during the Queen Street Mall siege, is the sole suspect in the stabbing murder of Nathan Frazer. Picture: Supplied
Lee Matthew Hillier, seen here on CCTV during the Queen Street Mall siege, is the sole suspect in the stabbing murder of Nathan Frazer. Picture: Supplied
Nathan Frazer (left) has been remembered by family and friends after his stabbing death yesterday. Picture: Facebook
Nathan Frazer (left) has been remembered by family and friends after his stabbing death yesterday. Picture: Facebook

News crews captured the dramatic siege, screening live footage of a heavily tattooed man who’d taped a semi-automatic pistol to his hand.

At one point the gunman held the weapon to his throat.

The siege ended when police shot him with bean-bag bullets.

At his sentencing hearing in January the following year, Hillier told the court he never meant to hurt anyone and said he had relapsed into drug addiction after an earlier stint in prison.

Lee Matthew Hillier captured on CCTV during the Queen Street Mall siege. Picture: Supplied
Lee Matthew Hillier captured on CCTV during the Queen Street Mall siege. Picture: Supplied
Investigators at the scene in Murrumba Downs yesterday. Picture: 9NEWS
Investigators at the scene in Murrumba Downs yesterday. Picture: 9NEWS
The body was found by a woman who was seriously distressed by the scene. Picture: 9NEWS
The body was found by a woman who was seriously distressed by the scene. Picture: 9NEWS

Detective Inspector Damien Hansen earlier today said it was possible Hillier was armed and warned people not to approach him.

Residents within the exclusion zone are asked to remain indoors and those outside the zone should avoid the area.

Relatives have paid tribute to Mr  Frazer, an Indigenous man who died from wounds to his face and chest.

“He was a strong Bidjara man; knew how to track, hunt, clean and cook game in the traditional way,” cousin Stephen Passmore told The Courier-Mail.

“(He) spoke our language. (There’s) nothing he wouldn’t do for friends or family.”

Lee Matthew Hillier is wanted over the stabbing murder of Nathan Frazer. Picture: Supplied
Lee Matthew Hillier is wanted over the stabbing murder of Nathan Frazer. Picture: Supplied

Another cousin said Mr Frazer, who was in his 40s, adored his three children.

Friends have posted heartfelt tributes to Mr Frazer on Facebook, saying they would cherish their memories together.

“You were an awesome mate through our Army time together… miss you buddy,” Brad Millen posted.

With AAP.

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