Police on hunt for ex-prisoner with gun
The stolen car involved in the prison scare has been found as police work to close in on the suspect who threatened a Townsville prison officer with a gun.
It is understood the officer was leaving her shift at the jail when she was followed and pulled over.
Officers say when she pulled over an ex-prisoner approached her with what appeared to be a firearm. But a colleague, also on their way home, stopped before the person fled in a car, believed to be stolen.
It's unclear who the ex-prisoner is at this stage.
Police are this morning are continuing to search for the suspect who is "well known to police" a Queensland Police Service spokesman said.
The spokesman said the car used in the threat, a white Mazda SUV stolen from Ayr, was found on Adams St in Heatley yesterday afternoon.
Prison staff have been warned to "exercise caution" and maintain "own security" when coming to work.
Yesterday the Townsville Correctional Centre was placed into lockdown as a "precautionary measure".
Originally published as Police on hunt for ex-prisoner with gun