A stand-off at Tauranga Hospital ended after police stormed a
ward where a man had barricaded himself for almost two hours.
A Tauranga police spokesman said the stand-off began about
4pm when the 39-year-old local man, who had been a patient at
the hospital, threatened to cut himself and damage his
Police officers were seen entering the hospital with riot
shields and body armour.
"When police arrived he had barricaded himself in the room
and was threatening to cut himself with a razor and a pair of
scissors as well as set his toilet area alight," the
After an hour of police negotiators trying to talk him out of
the room, police stormed the room, he said.
A Police Northern Communications spokesman said no one was
injured in the stand-off.
"I understand a man who was not very happy and had locked
himself in a room has been removed.
"Police forced the door to the toilet area that he was in and
took him into custody. He was transferred to a more secure
ward in the hospital."
Police would not be laying charges, he said.
The man said he had no plans to hurt himself or anyone else,
and just wanted to be heard.
He told the Bay of Plenty Times he had made numerous official
complaints about his treatment at the hospital and wanted
people to listen to him.
He said he locked himself the hospital toilets with enough
provisions to last four days.