Four teenage boys have been taken into custody after a shooting incident in Tara on Queensland's Western Downs.
Officers were attending another matter when they received reports of gunfire about 3:30pm on Wednesday.
The ABC understands shots continued to be fired when police arrived at the scene.
Police declared an emergency in the town at 5:30pm, and said a civilian car was shot at.
The exclusion zone included the police station, and Surat Development Road, Day Street, Benn Street, Fry Street and Milne Street.
During the incident police surrounded the home and specialist officers from Brisbane were sent to the town.
The emergency declaration was revoked several hours later.
The boys — aged 14, 15 and two 16 year olds — were located at the house on Day Street and taken into custody.
Police said a 14-year-old has been given a caution, and has been dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.
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"Whilst it's a very extreme incident last night, very, very concerning, it is an isolated incident and I'd just like to reassure the community that they are safe," Superintendent Vine says.
This case comes just weeks after two officers and a civilian were shot and killed at nearby Wieambilla.
Superintendent Vine says there's no indication at this stage that police were specifically targeted in yesterday's incident.
He says since that fatal shooting, the region has received significant support from external police resources:
"As you can imagine, following the events of December ... the officers that were here at the time have moved away on transfer. So we're looking at how we restock and recoup.
"But what we have in place at the moment is a rotational model, officers from Toowoomba, Ipswich and also other units in Brisbane, and we can certainly say to the community that there is a strong police presence in Tara."
Superintendent Vine has been asked if any of the boys' parents were present at the time of the incident.
"The mother of the two brothers, she has been spoken to.
"I don't have the information at hand and I wasn't briefed in relation to whether she was present at the time of the alleged offending."
Superintendent Vine says all four alleged offenders were all known to each other, and two were brothers.
"They were located at a point outside the cordon and were taken into custody without incident," he says.
"There was no stand-off, no negotiations."
The two oldest boys remain in custody at this stage, and they're expected to face court later today.
Superintendent Vine says the incident posed a significant safety risk to the community.
"People could have been seriously injured, or worse, as a result of this incident yesterday," he says.
"It's completely unacceptable and reckless behaviour."
He says two of the alleged offenders have declined to be interviewed by police.
Superintendent Vine says investigations into the shooting incident are ongoing.
"We don't know who owns it (the firearm), that's part of our investigation at the moment," he says.
Police will analyse the firearm to see if it was registered.
Acting Superintendent Ray Vine says three teenagers have been charged with multiple offences:
Two 16-year-old boys have been charged with seven offences each
A 14-year-old boy will be dealt with under the Youth Justice Act
A 15-year-old boy has been released without charge
We're expecting to hear from the Queensland Police Service soon to get an update on yesterday's shooting incident in Tara.
We'll bring you the key points from that press conference here as they come through.
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