An Australian cameraman was on his way to a crime scene in a news station's marked SUV when a man on a Harley Davidson motorcycle hailed him.
This man with blood still on his hands stopped 7 News' Peter Steer and confessed to being the suspect police were hunting in a case of attempted murder in Noosa Heads, Australia, Thursday. As Steer filmed the man's remorseful confession though, the tables turned. The cameraman found himself being carjacked by a suspected armed gunman.
"He got off his bike and approached me and said 'I've got a story for you'. I said 'Well mate, you better hurry because I'm going to a shooting', and he said 'Mate, I'm the shooter,'" Steer recounted to 7 News of the incident.
Jules Brook, 45, approached an Australian news cameraman Thursday to confess and turn himself into police for assaulting a woman earlier that morning. But the story didn't end there. (Image source: 7News)
The man, who identified himself as Jule Brook, handed Steer his gun, which the cameraman put in the front seat of the SUV. Steer proceeded to film the man's tearful confession, in which he said he felt like a "coward." Steer called police and then something in Brook's mind shifted as he sat on the ground waiting.
Before Steer knew what was happening, Brook was inside the SUV and pointed the gun out the window. Steer repeatedly told Brook to not "be a f***ing idiot."
Brook changed his mind about going into custody peacefully and hopped into the news station's SUV, pointed a gun at the cameraman and took off. (Image source: 7News)
But Brook took off with the back hatch of the SUV still wide open.
"He was more than willing at first to go quietly," Steer said. "But I suppose something tweaked in his mind -- 'not now, I'll do this in a big way.'"
A dashcam inside the news station's now stolen SUV picked up what happened next.
Brook sped down the road, eventually crashing into a sign at a gas station before he came to a stop at a large tank.
Guy Elston, a witness at the gas station, told the news station that before police arrived Brook walked up to him and asked him for a cigarette lighter.
It wasn't long before police were on the scene and chased Brook, ordering him on the ground, but he positioned himself right next to the tank that was leaking flammable fuel.
Brook was running from police while on the grounds of the service station but ultimately ended up near a leaking gas tank. He eventually surrendered to police. (Image source: 7News)
Brook eventually surrendered without further incident and was taken into custody.
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According to the Sunshine Coast Daily, the 45-year-old was charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, unlawful possession of a handgun, among other charges.
The woman he assaulted earlier Thursday morning was in stable condition but suffered head and neck injuries, the newspaper reported.