A Levin family took matters into their own hands and fought back against two balaclava-clad men who invaded their house using a firearm.
The two men forced their way through a locked door of the Tainui St house and confronted the family about 6.45am yesterday.
Police said the pair used some sort of instrument to break the lock.
Detective Peter Vine said one of the men pointed the firearm at the family a couple, both aged 50, and their 20-year-old son and demanded money.
But rather than bowing to the invaders' demands, the family responded by fighting back.
"That doesn't normally happen, but that's what's happened,'' Mr Vine said.
After a violent struggle, one man was taken to hospital with an arm injury, while another man was bruised.
"They're sore but they're OK,'' Mr Vine said.
The two attackers fled and were being hunted by police today.
Police initially set up a cordon and a search was made, but turned up nothing.
The three victims did not think they knew their attackers, but, as their faces were obscured, it was difficult to tell.
No shots were fired and the offenders left empty-handed.
They fled through vacant land at the rear of the house and on to State Highway 57.
Police believe there was a waiting vehicle on the road and that a third person may have been involved.
Acting Senior Sergeant Sarn Paroli said police were keen to hear from witnesses.
"Descriptions of the offenders are being worked through with the victims, but they are naturally distressed and it will take a little bit of time to get some more details,'' he said.
"It's possible that the offenders left in a vehicle.
"We're appealing for anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious around the property or in the general area, including SH57, to let police know.''
Yesterday morning after the home invasion few people were out and about on Tainui St.
Several people spoken to by the Manawatu Standard did not want to comment.
One woman, who did not want to be named, said it was a ``vicious'' thing to happen to her neighbours.
"You feel powerless, but I'd love to be able to help,'' she said.
Three police cars were at the scene with detectives in the house speaking with the victims until about 1pm.
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