Man at centre of AOS call out in South Auckland arrested

The street is cordoned off and residents within 200m are being evacuated. Photo / Supplied
The street is cordoned off and residents within 200m are being evacuated. Photo / Supplied

The man at the centre of an armed offenders squad callout in Mangere has been taken into police custody.

Homes have been evacuated and a street cordoned off as armed police and emergency services attend the incident in Henwood St before 1pm.

Residents within 200m of a property are being evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Police said a person inside a residential property on Henwood St had made threats, via his healthcare providers, which had prompted police to respond.

He was taken into police custody "without incident" in Papakura by 2.45pm, a spokeswoman said.

A neighbour watching the drama unfold from her window streamed the commotion live on Facebook. She said she could see eight police cars and two armed offender squad trucks.

She believed a man had a firearm and was holed up in a nearby property.

Earlier, an eyewitness told the Herald he had seen the bomb squad arrive at the scene.

"The police had guns. There were about 30 or 40 special ops police.

"I was at home upstairs. Then I heard a bang at the door and there was a female police officer who told me I had to leave.

"All she told me was that an incident had happened and that I had to leave the premises. First she said 200 metres and then they moved us back another 100."

The man said he counted six fire trucks, four ambulance and 18 police cars.

"I think there are about 40 special police and another 40 or 50 normal police."

The incident in Mangere has been resolved after police repsonded to a person inside a residential property on Henwood St who made threats, via his healthcare providers.

The man at the centre of the armed offenders squad callout in Mangere has been taken into police custody.

Homes were evacuated and the street cordoned off as armed police and emergency services attended the incident. Residents within 200m were evacuated as a precautionary measure. A neighbour who watched the drama unfold from her window streamed the commotion live to her Facebook and said she could see eight police cars and two armed offender squad trucks.

She believed a man had a firearm and was holed up in a nearby property. Nearby Kingsford Primary School were told by police they are in lockdown. A representative from the school said "all children are safe in their classrooms".

St John ambulance and fire services attended the scene and a communications manager for St John confirmed they "no patients" were taken from the scene.

- NZ Herald

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