Arrest made after an armed incident at Taupo property

Police are responding to an armed incident. Cordons are in place on Reeves Road, Acacia Bay.
Steph Rangi/ Fairfax NZ.

Police are responding to an armed incident. Cordons are in place on Reeves Road, Acacia Bay.

Two men were arrested at a Taupo property on Wednesday afternoon after an armed incident.

Armed police were initially searching for a wanted man and cordoned off a rural property in Acacia Bay.

However, police completed a search of the property just before 9pm and confirmed that the two arrested men were the only people present at the address. 

Earlier on Wednesday afternoon, a man outside a house, believed to be a street off Reeves Rd, was observed pointing what appeared to be a firearm at the Eagle helicopter.
The armed offenders squad responded and two men were arrested just after 5pm.
Police believed there was one person still inside the property. 

A resident on Reeves Rd said a helicopter was circling bush in the area and two dog teams were present.

Taupo senior sergeant Tony Jeurissen said police were searching the area after receiving information that a man wanted by them might be in the area.

Reeves Rd was closed to traffic.

"Hopefully we won't be disturbing people for too long," Jeiurissen said. 

A resident said police had been in the area since about 1pm.

"I'm sitting on my terrace and I can see it all unfolding," the resident said.

"Nothing like this ever happens in our area so it's like watching a movie play out. 

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"Our road is blocked off and no-one can get in but I feel safe."

Police initially said a 'firearm incident' occurred earlier this afternoon as they prepared to execute an arrest warrant.

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