Ruatoria – a policeman’s story

Regan Horsfall was going for a horse ride with a colleague at neighbour Tokemaru Bay when a call came in for help – a psych patient on release had gone wild, stripping himself naked and taking an axe to a house. When Regan and his colleague arrived, the man took his axe and disappeared up a ridge. The two officers saddled up their horses and rode him down, taser and pepper spray deployed from horseback. The post-action report has been circulated around the more urban parts of the country with commanders there told “you’ll never have something like this in your patch”.

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