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Armed man confronts family in their home

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 17:28 24/08/2014

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A family of six had a horrifying start to their Sunday when a man wielding a firearm burst into their home, threatened them and stole a car, police say.

Moments earlier, the man faced off with a police officer who was forced to backed away while staring down the barrel of a gun.The incident began about 9am with reports of a burglary of a Whitmore St address, Detective Senior Sergeant Daryl Smith of the Waikato CIB said.

"Officers from the nearby Te Awamutu Police Station attended what, at first, appeared to be a fairly routine job but it very quickly became anything but that.

"While at the address they've encountered a man who, when asked to stop, instead fled.''

Smith said the pair chased the man on foot until one of the officers was suddenly confronted by him brandishing a firearm.The officer backed away to await assistance while the offender made off through adjoining properties.

"The offender has fled across nearby Whitmore St, run through a property, scaled a fence and come to a Hall St property where he entered the home and confronted the occupants, taking the keys to one of their cars.

"That car, a silver 2003 Honda Accord station wagon, registration number GJE327, is believed to have a white sticker on its rear window with the words 'TrainStation' on it.'

'Locating the vehicle is crucial to the police case and they urge anyone who sees the vehicle not to approach it or its occupants, but to call 111.

Smith said the key to locating the offender was in receiving timely, accurate information of sightings but if people weren't comfortable speaking to police directly, information can be left anonymously with the independent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

"The key thing right now is to identify and locate this offender and to get the victims of this morning's incident the help and support they need."

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