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Man in custody after police chase and gun battle in ACT

Posted October 10, 2018 17:22:04 Police have arrested a man after a gun battle with them in Canberra’s south.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was taken into custody around 8:45am on Thursday after police pursued him with a police helicopter and an air ambulance.

The helicopter’s crew took off after the man allegedly opened fire at the police.

The chase continued as police tried to apprehend the man, who was later shot by a passer-by.

The search for the suspect ended at a house in the suburb of Maroochydore.

Police believe the man may have been in possession of a firearm.

A police spokesperson said a “manhunt” was underway for the man.

The Canberra Times understands the man is believed to have been travelling in an unmarked police van.

He is being held in the ACT Magistrates Court.

Police did not reveal any other details.