Son claims father pulled gun
Armed police deployed in a suburban Christchurch street yesterday after a gun was allegedly pulled during a father-son fight.
Several blocks in Richmond, near the Shirley Community Centre, were isolated and police prevented people returning to their homes.
Police said a man called them at 3.40pm yesterday after his father allegedly pulled a firearm when an argument between the two turned sour at a house in Slater St.
A Slater St resident, who asked not to be identified, said armed police were stopping entry to the street and she was unable to return home.
"The policeman suggested I go and have a couple of cups of coffee as it might be a while before I would be able to get into my house," she said.
She said several "unsavoury characters" lived in a nearby house that appeared to be the focus of the police cordon.
Police said the cordons were lifted late yesterday afternoon.
No charges had been laid last night and investigations were continuing.
The Christmas holidays usually brought a rise in domestic violence and the number of people, especially women, seeking help.
Christchurch Women's Refuge chief executive Nicola Woodward said all the city's safe houses were full.
There had been an increase in the number of people seeking refuge at Christchurch shelters, she said, but it was within her expectations.
"We always expect to see a spike in domestic violence over Christmas and New Year. It's a busier, if not the busiest time, for us and it's likely to remain so over the next two to three months.
"In the run-in to Christmas, people are trying to keep things together for Christmas but after Christmas and into the new year there's an increase in demand for our safe houses."