Auckland armed police have used tear gas to arrest a convicted murderer who had been on the run for more than three months.
Michael John Hindman, 55, pleaded guilty to the 1999 drug-related murder of Bruce Barlow, who was hit on the head with a hammer, stabbed in the neck and dumped in Woodhill Forest northwest of Auckland.
Hindman was sentenced to life in prison but was paroled in May 2011.
In March, Waitemata police said he had breached his parole and a warrant had been issued for his return to prison.
At 1pm, the Armed Offenders Squad and Tactical Crime Unit surrounded a house on Glenview Rd, Glen Eden, appealing for Hindman to give himself up.
Several appeals were made for him to give himself up, police said, however tear gas was required. A short time later Hindman was taken into custody without further incident.
Two people inside the property were affected by the tear gas and were given medical treatment at the scene.
Another two in the house were spoken to by police and all four were released without charge.
Detective Inspector Bruce Scott said the arrest came about following an intensive investigation.
"This is the result of some very hard work by our officers in the Waitakere Police Tactical Crime Unit,” he said.
“We're extremely pleased that he's been caught and I’m sure the wider community will be too.”
Hindman will appear in the Waitakere District Court tomorrow morning.