Cops flown to Stewart Island after threats
A 25-year-old man has been charged after threatening to shoot residents on Stewart Island, police say.
The Invercargill armed offenders squad was deployed last night after receiving a call about the threats made by the man.
Senior Sergeant Maggie Windle, of Invercargill, said members of the squad and a police dog were flown to the island about 9.30pm.
The man had been drinking at a hotel bar and was intoxicated, Windle said.
He then got into an altercation outside the hotel, she said.
''The male subsequently made serious threats to several people and as a result, the Invercargill AOS was deployed by helicopter.''
The operation resulted in a swift resolution and no-one was harmed, Windle said.
The man was found away from the hotel and no firearms were found.
''Any threats with a firearm are taken very seriously,'' she said.
The man, who was working on Stewart Island, is facing a charge of threatening to kill and is expected to appear in the Invercargill District Court later today.
- The Southland Times