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Police hunt for man who pointed gun at police in Manurewa

Counties Manukau Police are asking the public for assistance in locating 27 year-old Ricky Batalliard. Photo / NZ Police
Counties Manukau Police are asking the public for assistance in locating 27 year-old Ricky Batalliard. Photo / NZ Police

Police are searching for a 27-year-old male who allegedly threatened officers with a firearm.

Two police officers were conducting a routine enquiry in Manurewa when they were confronted by Ricky Batalliard about 11am.

Police allege he presented what appears to be a firearm and threatened the two officers.

The officers moved to a safe location to call for backup, and Mr Batalliard fled in a stolen silver Hyundai iX35 station wagon with the registration HLY442.

Neither officer was injured in the incident.

Mr Batalliard is described as being 185 cm tall and of a solid build with distinctive facial tattoos.

Police have asked anyone who sees Mr Batalliard, to contact the Counties-Manukau District Command Centre on 09 261 1300 or on 111.

Alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously via the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The public are urged not to approach the man.

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- NZ Herald

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