Drama as armed officers detain man
Second AOS callout in two daysTALIA SHADWELL
A man who sparked the second armed offenders squad callout in Manawatu in as many days was tasered and arrested in Feilding.
Seven squad cars, an AOS vehicle, police dogs and an ambulance were all called to the scene last nightjust after 5pm, after a disturbance was reported from a Feilding property.
Within two hours a man had been arrested. He was detained by police on the corner of McClure and Lethbridge streets. Neighbours watched as the man sat in a street blocked off by police cars, handcuffed and backed up against a fence as he swore loudly and glowered at onlookers.
Three eye witnesses curious about the movements of police in their neighbourhood were walking past the street corner when the suspect appeared behind them.
Feilding resident Ashley Grace said she and her friends saw the man get tasered by police.
"We were walking and we heard the police yelling and then they threw smoke bombs to get him out of a house, they had dogs and they had police everywhere," she said.
"They checked him for weapons and everything and he kept walking and swearing after he got tasered. He kept walking and asking why he was getting arrested."
The trio saw the man, who did not appear to be carrying a weapon, get handcuffed and told to sit against the fence while officers at the scene waited for support. Two policemen, one armed with an assault rifle, arrested the man and took him away in a squad car.
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