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Suspected gunman surrenders at Somerset Police Station

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Suspected gunman Christopher Duerr turned himself in to Police at Somerset Police Station last night, after an intensive search by Police of the western end of the Island.

Mr Duerr bolted from a Seawall Drive, Boaz Island home shortly before noon on Monday as armed officers were about to execute a search warrant.

Officers saw what they believed to be a gun in his hands. Duerr’s actions prompted dozens of officers to conduct searches and vehicle checks on Somerset, Watford and Boaz Islands, and Ireland Island South and Ireland Island North.

Residents in the area reported police searching sheds and derelict buildings.

Following “credible information” that the fugitive had been spotted earlier, police descended on Ireland Island South at 12.30pm yesterday, searching Lagoon Bay Park and checking all traffic on Malabar Road.

Police spokesman Dwayne Caines warned the public that aiding and abetting a suspect is an offence under law.

Mr Duerr’s family home is said to be in the area.

Yesterday’s search of the wooded park, from Grey’s Bridge extending North past Lefroy House seniors home, appeared to be fruitless — but the swift appearance of armed police indicated gravity of the hunt for Mr Duerr.

Mr Caines estimated a one-mile radius was cordoned off by officers yesterday.

Police stood down at about 2pm, with Mr Caines saying officers would “maintain high visibility and continue checks in the area”.

Photo by Mark Tatem Police stop and talk with a van driver on Malabar Road, Ireland Island South, Sandys next to Lagoon Park. The officers are part of the team searching for suspected gunman, Christopher Duerr, who was spotted by Police leaving a Seawall Drive, Boaz Island home as they arrived to execute a search warrant on Monday.
Photo by Mark Tatem An armed Policeman navigates the brush at the seaside on Malabar Field near the perimeter fence of Westgate Correctional Facility on Ireland Island North yesterday as part of the search for suspected gunman Christopher Duerr.
Photo by Mark Tatem An armed Policeman navigates the brush at the seaside on Malabar Field near the perimeter fence of Westgate Correctional Facility on Ireland Island North, Sandys, yesterday as part of the search for suspected gunman Christopher Duerr.

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Published January 30, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 29, 2013 at 10:35 pm)

Suspected gunman surrenders at Somerset Police Station

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