Suspected firearms incident in Invercargill

Armed police at the scene this afternoon. Photo: ODT
Armed police at the scene this afternoon. Photo: ODT
Armed police are responding to reports of a firearms incident in the Kingswell suburb of Invercargill.

A police spokeswoman said they were alerted to the incident, on Dipton St, just before 1pm.

Initial indications were that a firearm had been discharged.

An area of the street has been cordoned off and police are conducting a scene examination.

There are no reports of injury.

A reporter at the scene said police, some of them armed, had blocked off the street.

Their attention seemed to be focused on a house near the intersection with Stapleton St.

A nearby resident said she heard "two loud boom sounds" before police arrived.

She said there was gang activity in the area. 

Photo: ODT
Photo: ODT

Police asked anyone with information to contact them. 

A witness at the scene said it appeared police had raided a house on Dipton St. One man was seen being searched on a car.

A spokesman for St John said they were notified by police but stood down as they were not required.

 - ODT reporters/NZ Herald

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