A police officer was allegedly punched in the
face repeatedly in front of an offender's grandchildren
during a stolen firearms raid this week.
Waikato Tactical Crime Unit Detective Sergeant Neville Ross
said the ordeal began on Tuesday afternoon when officers had
gone to a Kaihere property to speak to a 34-year-old man in
relation to an alleged burglary of a home in which a number
of guns were stolen some months ago.
"On our arrival at the property the man's 61-year-old father
was one of several family members police came across in the
lounge while the man we wanted to speak to was asleep in a
"The man's father, who is a licensed firearms owner, offered
to show our staff where his legitimately owned firearms were
secured in his safe, but when he went into his bedroom
accompanied by two of our officers, the father picked up a
military style semi-automatic rifle."
The situation became volatile when the father allegedly
refused to but the gun down, instead pointing it at the
He was then disarmed, however as he was brought out of the
bedroom back to the lounge he attacked one of the police
officers, punching him repeatedly in the face, Mr Ross said.
At this point the man was restrained, handcuffed and removed
from the house.
It was very disappointing that the man's grandchildren were
present and had to witness the attack on the officer, Mr Ross
While the father was being arrested, his son, who was the
person police had originally gone to speak to had been
brought from the sleep-out into the house, and allegedly
tried to physically prevent officers arresting his father.
"This resulted in the son's arrest. When he was secured a
search was conducted of his sleep-out which resulted in the
recovery of a small amount of cannabis and a DVD player."
A serial number check of the DVD player revealed it was
stolen in 2008, police said.
As a result of the ordeal, the 61-year-old man is facing
charges of unlawfully carrying a restricted weapon, leaving a
firearm loaded, unlawful possession of a restricted weapon
and assaulting police.
The 34-year-old man was charged with misuse of drugs,
obstructing police and receiving stolen property.
Enquiries into tracing the eight firearms and other
miscellaneous property taken in the earlier burglary were
continuing, Mr Ross said.
All owners of valuable property were encouraged to enter
their serial numbers on databases such as the Operation SNAP