A 69-year-old man is speaking to police after he allegedly
fired shots and pointed a firearm at his neighbour near the
Hauraki settlement of Puriri today.
Emergency services were alerted to reports of shots being
fired at a Neavesville Valley property about 1.35pm, Acting
Detective Senior Sergeant Martyn Hughes said.
"Initial reports were that a firearm was pointed by a man at
a neighbour after that person went outside to investigate the
noise of several shots."
Police, the Waikato armed offenders squad (AOS), a team of
police negotiators and the Auckland-based Eagle helicopter
all attended the scene, he said.
Mr Hughes said once the area was cordoned and contained,
negotiators managed to speak to the man involved.
Police were now speaking to the man to establish what, if
any, offences had been committed.
"Situations like today's are always fraught with risk and
police have to consider the worse possible scenarios," Mr
A resident of Neavesville Rd in Puriri said police and the
armed offenders squad pulled up in his neighbourhood early
The man, who did not wish to be named, said he was unsure of
exactly what had happened.
"They pulled up at the neighbour's place and a couple of
armed offenders squad ran up my cattle race.
"There was a helicopter circling up ahead, I went out to have
a look and a swag of police cars pulled up."
He said there were at least seven police cars.
"It is out of the ordinary, I have never seen so many police
cars in one place in all my life."
Road closures were put in place on State Highway 26,
particularly at the intersection of SH26 (Paeroa-Kopu Rd) and
SH25A earlier today.
Police had advised against any unnecessary travel between
Paeroa and Thames due to a "major policing operation".
Mr Hughes said police supported the safe, lawful use of
firearms, but asked all shooters to consider the environment
they operated in and who may be affected by their shooting.
- By Nikki Papatsoumas of APNZ