BB gun mistaken for real gun

Last updated 15:17 16/03/2014

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Armed police surrounded a Titahi Bay pub this afternoon after reports a man was inside brandishing a gun.

Police were in telephone contact with a staff member of The Mariner Tavern, who quietly got most patrons to leave before the man came outside and turned himself in to police, police central communications acting Inspector Bruce Mackay said.

The man turned out to be carrying a BB gun, and had popped off a few rounds inside the pub before coming outside. He wasn't believed to have been aiming at anyone. Police had received the first reports of the man carrying the gun from a runner who had seen him nursing it in his lap on a bench by the beach.

A second person had called police after seeing him with it at the pub, on Whitehouse Rd.
Mr Mackay said police were investigating. Carrying a BB gun around in an urban area was extremely stupid, he added

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