Armed police have swooped on an Auckland polytech campus this morning after a man was spotted armed what terrified bystanders believed was a handgun.
A police spokesperson said at 8.15am they received a report of a man seen walking on Carrington Rd in Mt Albert holding what appeared to be a firearm.
A bystander captured the frightening moment the man raised his outstretched arm to eye level, appearing to aim the gun inside Gate 1 of Unitec.
The spokesperson said police immediately responded and found the man.
He was taken into custody without incident.
However, police said what was thought to be a lethal weapon from a distance turned out to be a replica.
"The male was found to be in possession of a toy gun," said the spokesperson.
Unitec has been approached for comment.