A man who pointed a gun at a female police officer investigating suspicious activity has been jailed.

Hayden Flay, 20, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison when he appeared in Tauranga District Court today.

The constable had been responding to a report of suspicious activity at a Katikati address in July and was leaving the home of a witness about 2.30am when she spotted a man, police said.

When she stopped to speak to him he dropped the bags he was carrying and allegedly swung a rifle towards her.


The officer called for backup and the armed offenders squad was called out.

A bag containing a rifle and ammunition was located and a short time later and Flay, who emerged from a nearby address, was arrested.