A man who allegedly fired shots in a Hawke's Bay suburb on Friday night to frighten another man has appeared in court.
According to court documents, Brent Ralph Simpson, 24, discharged the .177 calibre airgun in a public place without reasonable excuse.
The same document said he had intended to frighten another man.
The charge can carry a penalty of up to three months' imprisonment.
Simpson is alleged to have fired the shots from his address in Onekawa, an industrial suburb in Napier.
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 gun shots.
When police arrived they narrowed their search to an upstairs apartment from which a man, understood to be in his 20s, was allegedly firing through an open window.
He did not enter a plea today and has been remanded on bail to reappear in October.
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