Toy gun sparks callout

A police officer holds the replica gun.
A police officer holds the replica gun.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested after pointing an imitation pistol at passersby in The Square.

The man was among a group in The Square about 2pm yesterday when police were alerted to his behaviour.

Senior Sergeant Brett Calkin said the informant told them they thought the pistol was fake, but it was black and looked real.

However, all such calls were treated seriously, he said.

The imitation firearm was found and taken off the man, who already had a warrant out for his arrest.

He is due to appear in the Palmerston North District Court today on a charge of presenting an imitation firearm.

Mr Calkin said it was a reminder to people who are playing with toy guns and water pistols that they could find themselves with real guns pointed back at them if they caused alarm to the public.

Police took their own safety, and the safety of the public seriously, but incidents with imitation firearms were unfortunately a ‘‘reasonably common’’ occurrence, he said.

Manawatu Standard