Police are continuing their search for a Northland man after an armed incident in Kamo, north of Whangarei, yesterday afternoon.
Inspector Justin Rogers of Northland Police said at 4.30pm yesterday police received a report of a male threatening another male - who was known to him - with a weapon.
"Police believe this is a domestic related incident and believe there is no indication at this stage that the person they are seeking poses any threat to the wider community," he said.
The man was believed to have left a property with a pistol.
Officers were sent to nearby streets and places it was thought he might go.
About 30 minutes later officers put cordons in place in Charles St and prevented traffic from going in and out.
The armed offenders squad arrived at the scene at 5.45pm with a police dog and handler arriving shortly after and accessing the scene through Eden Terrace, a street overlooking Charles St.
The police negotiating team were seen communicating with a man in a house on Charles St using a loudhailer.
The cordons were lifted at 9.30pm as police were unable to locate the offender in the area.
If you have any information that could help police enquiries, please contact Northland Police on 09 430 4500 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.