A man has been arrested after a report of a person seen with a firearm in the South Auckland suburb of Manurewa this morning.
Police said that around 10.50am they received a report of a group of males shooting what appeared to be a rifle at the rear of their Sturdee Rd address.
“As a precaution, a nearby early learning centre was put into lockdown.
“A number of armed Police responded and cordoned off the area before approaching the property.
“A high-powered air rifle was located at the address and a 21-year-old male was arrested at the scene without incident.”
Inspector Danny Meade said this morning’s incident required a number of Police resources, including Eagle, which could have been avoided if people had only thought of the consequences before using an air gun in a built-up area.
“I am sure members of the public would also appreciate our resources being used in other ways to reduce crime in the community,” Meade said.
“This is a timely reminder that when Police receive reports of a firearm being used or seen, and staff respond, there is an expectation they are entering an armed confrontation and so staff will react accordingly.”
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