Armed police called out in Whangarei

By Lindy Laird

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Residents returning home after work were alarmed to find their normally quiet suburban Whangarei street blocked by police cars and rifle toting members of the Armed Offender Squad in the street.


 A man was arrested following what is understood to be a domestic incident involving a weapon, after a stand-off that began soon after 5pm today and lasted for over an hour.  


Ambulance staff attended the man for a short while in the back seat of a police car on Spedding Rd at about 6.30pm until, limping and handcuffed, he was lead to the ambulance parked only metres away.


An armed offender squad officer got into the back of the ambulance with the injured and restrained man.   Police officers stood at intervals along the street and among the many police vehicles at the scene was the police dog unit.  


Tension in the neighbourhood that had been in virtual lock-down only a short while before dramatically decreased after the ambulance drove off.  


AOS and police officers continued to go from house to house but residents began to come out of their houses and chat in the street.   It was at least another 20 minutes before cars were allowed back into Denby Cres.  


Throughout the drama, people returning home from work had gathered in small groups at the police roadblocks, some visibly worried at what might be happening in their street, their qiuestions getting polite replies but no information from thepolice at the scene.  


A 35 year old local man has been taken into custody.   An enquiry has been launched, and a number of addresses are currently being   searched.  


There were no shots fired during the incident.


  A number of people are being spoken to by Police, with charges expected to be laid tomorrow.    

- Northern Advocate

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