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Qld police fire shots in a failed arrest

AAP logoAAP 5/08/2016 David Sigston

Police fired shots in the car park of a McDonald's restaurant in north Queensland in an attempt to stop a car being driven by a man wanted on a return to prison warrant.

Initially it was thought police had fired at Zachariah John Hewitt, 26, as he fled the car park in Mackay on Friday, damaging several other cars as he sped off in a white car.

But Inspector Ian Haughton said police had fired at the vehicle in an attempt to apprehend Hewitt.

"Police did discharge some firearms in an attempt to disable the vehicle but unfortunately were unsuccessful," Insp Haughton said.

He said it was no coincidence that police were in the car park, as they'd been sent specifically to apprehend Hewitt.

"No one has been injured in this exchange and the event occurred outside the restaurant," he said.

"Police were especially sent to intercept him."

Insp Haughton could not confirm if Hewitt had a gun, but said the search continues with police believing he has changed vehicles.

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