Cops flown to Stewart Island after threats

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 11:50 09/07/2014

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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.

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- The Southland Times

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