Online row sparks firearm alert

By Alisa Yong alisa.yong@age.co.nz -
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A posting on social media may be the reason for incident. PHOTO/THINKSTOCK
A posting on social media may be the reason for incident. PHOTO/THINKSTOCK

A man is in custody after threats were allegedly made with a gun in Carterton on Wednesday.

The man was one of two men in their 20s who went to a property on Lincoln Rd and allegedly confronted the residents with a gun at about 8pm.

Senior Sergeant Mike Sutton said the Featherston man had turned himself in to police yesterday morning and was still in the process of being interviewed by police that afternoon.

Police had raided two houses in Carterton and Featherston in search of the second man, but as of late afternoon yesterday had failed to locate him.

Mr Sutton said it was alleged the pair had gone to the house to confront the residents regarding a post on social media.

"It appears to be related to some information that has been put on social media that an exception has been taken to. But that could change, there could be a lot more to that, and I expect there will be."

During the confrontation one of the residents received a minor cut to his arm, but no shots were fired, Mr Sutton said. The incident escalated "pretty quickly". The armed offenders squad was not called out, but reinforcements from the Hutt were deployed, he said. About six officers attended, but both offenders had fled by the time police arrived.

A Carterton man in his 20s received a minor cut to his arm during the confrontation, but did not require medical assistance.

Mr Sutton said he was unable to comment on the nature of the threats made, because police had yet to interview all parties.

"There's still a lot more that we are investigating and a lot more that we need to find out ourselves."

Both groups were known to each other and the incident was not believed to be gang-related. Police believed there was no threat to the public's safety, Mr Sutton said.

"We've made an assessment that there's no risk to the general public but we will be doing our best to make sure that it remains that way."

It was likely that charges would be laid against the man in custody, Mr Sutton said.

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