Police seize firearm after hostage situation
Update 5.10pm: BOMB specialists were sent in to search a for an explosive claimed to have been planted in a car parked in front of the house where a hostage situation unfolded this afternoon.
But Chief Inspector Nicole Bruce said technicians confirmed there was no bomb in the car.
Insp Bruce said investigations were on-going into the incident.
Meanwhile, residents in the usually quiet street were watching on as emergency services poured in to contain the dangerous situation unfolding on their doorstep.
A resident of 30 years, who didn't want to be named, said he initially thought that it was some kind of emergency services exercise.
But as numerous police cars converged on the area, he realised it wasn't a drill.
Update 4pm: A MAN is in custody after a police operation at Goonellabah.
An official statement released by NSW Police Media this afternoon said: "About 1.20pm police were called to a home on Heather Avenue, after reports of a man making threats.
"A perimeter was established and negotiations commenced.
"About 3.30pm the man was taken into custody without incident. He is currently being assessed by ambulance.
"A firearm was also seized.
"A female who was in the house at the time was uninjured.
"A police operation remains in place, with specialists assessing a device at the location."
Update 3.45pm: CHIEF Inspector Cameron Lindsay has given a short statement to say police responded to a report of an armed man and a hostage situation, which has now been resolved.
Negotiations took place and the man was taken into custody.
Police are yet to confirm whether a firearm was involved in the situation.
Update 3.10pm: RESIDENTS have been told to lock their doors, stay inside and stay away from windows, as tactical police station themselves outside a command vehicle in Spring Valley Drive near the corner of Heather Avenue at Goonellabah.
There has been little apparent movement in the last 10 minutes but paramedics arrives a few minutes ago.
A spokesman from the NSW Education Department said students at nearby Kadina High School were kept in classes for an extra 15 minutes or so to give teachers time to explain the situation and ensure they did not try to enter the cordoned off area.
One local resident, who did not wish to be named, said police had knocked on their door about 30 minutes ago.
It was "quite unusual for this quiet area", they said.
Police have also stationed themselves in the back gardens of some homes which back on the rural land on Spring Valley Drive.
It's understood the incident is unfolding at Heather Avenue and and possibly involves an armed individual.
Highway patrol vehicles and crash investigators have also been called to the scene, possibly as back up. Three more police vehicles - two with plain clothes officers - have just arrived.
NSW Police Media said they could not provide any information at this stage.
Original story: THERE have been reports of shots being fired at Goonellabah this afternoon.
Multiple emergency services resources have been called to the scene just before 2pm.
Police, NSW Fire and Rescue and ambulance are at the scene, which is off Ballina Rd. The exact location cannot be revealed.
Neighbours said they heard gunfire.
The situation is still unfolding.
It is understood undercover police have now arrived.
Officers clad in military khaki fatigues and carrying sidearms crossed a police roadblock on the corner of Spring Valley Drive and Sunrise Crescent.
Other streets have been blocked off.
People should avoid the area.
More to come.