Man fired shots to frighten another man

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Police arrest a man with fire arms in Onekawa after he fired a gun at a neighbours building. Photo / Hawke's Bay Today
Police arrest a man with fire arms in Onekawa after he fired a gun at a neighbours building. Photo / Hawke's Bay Today

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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