UPDATE, Monday 5pm: Police have charged a 26-year-old Slade Point man after a three-day manhunt ended when he turned himself in to a Rockhampton police station.

Specialist police attempted to capture the 'dangerous' fugitive on Friday near McDonald's Restaurant on Heaths Rd but failed.

The driver fled prompting police to issue a public appeal to help locate the man.  

He surrendered himself at Rockhampton Police Station and was charged with one count each of acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and possession of a dangerous drug (methlyamphetamine).  

UPDATE, Monday 5.45am: Police have taken a 26-year-old Slade Point man into custody in relation to an incident in North Mackay on Friday, August 5.

The man surrendered to the Rockhampton Police Station without incident about 6pm yesterday.

UPDATE, Sunday, 9.54am:

A QPS spokesman says police have "broadened" their search for the wanted man.

He said Slade Point man Zachariah John Hewitt had "known associates" in the Capricornia region, and police were searching that area.


UPDATE, Saturday, 9.50am:

A spokesman says police are still searching for wanted Slade Point man Zachariah John Hewitt.


UPDATE Friday:

Police have released an image of a man wanted after shots were fired in a McDonald's carpark this morning.

Slade Point man, Zachariah John Hewitt, 26, evaded police outside the restaurant.

Hewitt is a "high risk offender" and police were attempting to detain a man on an arrest warrant and attempted to intercept a vehicle in the McDonald's carpark.

In new information police fired the shots at Hewitt's car during his escape in a white Mitsubishi Magna.

Police are seeking urgent assistance but have warned the public not to approach him.

If you do see the man phone Triple Zero.

In what could be a related incident police are searching for a Black Mazda travelling at a high speed around Pleystowe.

Police are looking for this man after a incident this morning at McDonald's in North Mackay
Police are looking for this man after a incident this morning at McDonald's in North Mackay


Mackay police inspector Ian Haughton said about 50 people were inside the restaurant at Kay Crt, North Mackay when police fired shots.

"At 9.30am police from specialised units in the state have attempted to apprehend a high risk offender," he said.

"Unfortunately that has been unsuccessful and that person has alluded police.

"When that occurred there has been some vehicles damaged because the person was in a vehicle at the time.

"Police did discharge some firearms in an attempt to disable that vehicle but unfortunately were unsuccessful."

Insp Haughton said no one was injured in the "exchange" this morning.

The Ethical Standards Command will examine the circumstances surrounding the discharge of the service firearm.

"Any time that there is the discharge of firearms by police that matter is subject to an internal investigation," Insp Haughton said.

He said counselling is being offered to McDonald's staff. 

Stuart Reseck, who owns the restaurant would not comment on the incident.



A witness has reported there were "three shots fired" before a white car sped away from the McDonald's restaurant in North Mackay, hitting several cars as he went.

We are expecting to get more information from police in about 45 minutes.

His interview here:


The shift manager of McDonald's at North Mackay on the Bruce Hwy said she heard customers screaming, coming towards her saying someone was outside with a shotgun.

"I heard the bang just once," she told the Daily Mercury.

"Luckily all the customers are safe, they were scared but luckily no-one was hurt.

"A few people are still inside, being interviewed by the police but they are all OK. It was very scary, all I think could of is that they were going to come inside and shoot everyone.

"I worried they might come inside and kill us.

"It was scary, because it is happening everywhere."

It's understood there were about 40 people inside the store at the time, as well as managers and staff of the restaurant.

More to come.


POLICE have rushed to North Mackay on reports of someone carrying a firearm.

The responding officers have been warned to use "extreme caution" during patrols.  

The centre of the activity appears to be a McDonald's restaurant in North Mackay, with patrols looking for a vehicle.

That McDonald's has closed its doors and customers have been turned away.  Detectives have just arrived at the scene.

Staff have been turning up to work but appear to be being turned away with the restaurant now cordoned off.

More to come.

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