A builder working on the roof of a house on the Coromandel Peninsular allegedly had a gun pointed at him this evening.

Police were called around 6pm to the incident in Pauanui.

The area was cordoned off while police officers and the Armed Offenders Squad searched for the suspect. Enquiries a short time later identified a property of interest which was searched, police said in a statement.

A man aged in his 20s was found at the property and he was taken into custody. Live ammunition was also found but the search for the gun is continuing.

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Charges are being considered.

Police said they did not know whether the men knew each other.