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Queensland police lose 'distraction device' in raid



Queensland Police are asking the public to help them find a self-described "distraction device" that was lost during a raid at Kirwan last weekend.

Officers were conducting a routine weapons audit of a specialised unit that conducted a raid on a property at Kirwan on Sunday when they discovered they were missing an item.

Described by police as a "distraction device", the stun grenade was unable to be located following extensive searches on the property throughout the night.

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Police have said the device is not lethal but has the capacity to cause injury if a member of the public picks it up and handles it incorrectly.

"Members of the public who have information about the location of this Device may not know the significance of such a piece of equipment and are urged not to tamper with it and call police immediately," police said in a statement.

"In keeping with the Police standards a review will be conducted into the circumstance of the matter."

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The operation at Kirwan, near Townsville, resulted in a 12-hour siege where police were responding to reports that a man had fired several shots at cars.

He then barricaded himself inside a property on Elphinstone Road.

The incident ended when police forced entry into the home and discovered the body of a 50-year-old man.

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