Armed police arrest man as children play nearby in Hastings

Author
Hawke's Bay Today,
Publish Date
Thu, 22 Oct 2020, 6:42PM
This man yelled out to armed police 'it's not me' before slowly lowering this replica firearm to the road. Another man was arrested shortly after. (Photo / Paul Taylor)
This man yelled out to armed police 'it's not me' before slowly lowering this replica firearm to the road. Another man was arrested shortly after. (Photo / Paul Taylor)

Armed police arrest man as children play nearby in Hastings

Author
Hawke's Bay Today,
Publish Date
Thu, 22 Oct 2020, 6:42PM

A man has been arrested after armed police cordoned off a section of Taumoana Rd in Hastings.

The arrest was made near popular Cornwall Park, as cricketers attended practice and children played nearby.

Minutes before the man was arrested about 5.05pm, another man had yelled he had a replica firearm and ''it's not me'', before he placed the replica slowly on the road near the arrest scene.

The arrested man is led away to a nearby police car in Duke St. Photo / Paul Taylor

The arrested man is led away to a nearby police car in Duke St. (Photo / Paul Taylor)

The man who placed the firearm on the road was not arrested, Hawke's Bay Today understands.

"He was shouting 'it's not me, it's not me'. He was shouting 'it's a replica','' a witness told Hawke's Bay Today.

Armed police had set up cordons in the area about 4.15pm after reports that a firearm had been presented during a tenancy dispute.

Police arrested a man at taser point, in the presence of an armed officer. Photo / Paul Taylor

Police arrested a man at taser point, in the presence of an armed officer. (Photo / Paul Taylor)

A section of Taumoana Rd, south of Duke St, near Cornwall Park, was cordoned off.

A woman could be heard shouting and screaming before the arrest was made, but many passers by near the scene were oblivious to the armed police action.

The arrested man had lowered himself to the ground, in the presence of a police officer armed with a rifle and another officer holding a taser.

Cordons were lifted about 5.25pm.