Police have found a man who was seen with a firearm in public in the Invercargill suburb of Grasmere last night.

Police said the man was being spoken to and the firearm at the centre of the scare had also been found.

Cordons around Heywood St, Bay Rd, Paterson St and Drury Lane have now been lifted.

Grasmere is a neighbouring suburb to Otatara where a man's body was found late on Tuesday night after a woman, believed to be his mother, was shot.

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Police thanked residents in the area for their patience while the matter was resolved.