A man will face court after a police officer was forced to
wrestle with him as he tried to resist during a violent
incident in which a firearm was reportedly discharged.
Police were called to a property on the outskirts of Ranfurly
about 10am yesterday after reports of a man 'smashing it up'.
The sole officer was met by an aggressive man who fled back
inside as the officer tried to to arrest him, police said.
The officer was then told the man had fired a gun so withdrew
and waited for back-up.
While he was waiting, the man came back out and threatened
him with a steel bar.
The officer was forced to draw his Taser and it was only
after a protracted struggle that he was able to arrest the
"Full credit goes to the constable who, when faced with a
dangerous situation and a motivated offender, selected the
appropriate tactical option and effected the arrest without
injury to either party," Acting Response Manager Central
Otago Sergeant Simon Paget said.
A 21-year-old man will appear in Dunedin District Court today
charged with wilful damage, discharging a firearm near a
dwelling, unlawful possession of a firearm, assaulting police
with a weapon, resisting arrest, and escaping custody.