Charges laid after Hamilton standoff

Armed police cordon off the Glenview unit and surrounding streets. Photo / Christine Cornege
Armed police cordon off the Glenview unit and surrounding streets. Photo / Christine Cornege

A man who threatened a woman at his Hamilton home yesterday is facing four charges over the domestic dispute and further charges are likely, police say.

The man, believed to be aged in his forties, was arrested at a Tomin Rd address about 10.15am.

Police forced entry into the house and were confronted by the man allegedly threatening the woman.

"When he threatened to shoot her the unarmed officers backed off to await the arrival of armed reinforcements, and those officers saw the woman flee to safety a short time later," said Detective Sergeant Daryl Smith.

A girl, believed to be the couple's daughter, aged about 10, had also left the house before police arrived.

Thee man gave himself up to police shortly after the arrival of the Waikato Armed Offenders Squad.

He appeared at Hamilton District Court yesterday to face two charges of assault with a weapon, one charge of possession of cannabis and one of threatening to kill his estranged partner.

Police yesterday said neighbours reported hearing yelling, screaming and a window being smashed before a shot was fired just after 9am.

Neighbours said the occupants of the home were long-term residents, and the house had been in the family for many years.

- APNZ

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