A man who allegedly fired shots from an airgun in Onekawa to frighten another person appeared in court yesterday.
According to court documents Brent Ralph Simpson, 24, discharged the .177 calibre airgun in a public place without reasonable excuse on Friday night.
The same document said he had intended to frighten another man.
The charge can carry up to a three-month term of imprisonment.
Simpson is alleged to have fired the shots from his address in the industrial area.
Roads were blocked off and a building secured by armed officers in the area about 6pm last Friday, when a nearby business owner rang in what he thought may have been the sound of gunshots.
When police arrived they narrowed their search to an upstairs apartment from which a man was allegedly firing through an open window.
Police said they found three other firearms at the address.
Simpson did not enter a plea yesterday when he appeared in Napier District Court and has been remanded on bail to reappear in October.