Waihi man arrested at gunpoint

Last updated 14:54 24/01/2014

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A man was arrested at gunpoint in Waihi today and police say they also found firearms, ammunition, and cannabis at the scene.

The 37-year-old man also faces threatening to kill charges.

Police and members of the Waikato and Bay of Plenty armed offenders squads raided a Barry Rd address and arrested the man about 6.30am.

Officer in charge of the Waihi Police Station, Sergeant Aaron Fraser, said police were looking for a man from the address who was wanted for an earlier domestic violence related incident.

However, items allegedly recovered at the property saw the man facing further charges.

"Firearms, ammunition, firearms related items and cannabis were recovered at the scene resulting in the man being arrested and facing several firearms, drugs and threatening to kill charges," Fraser said.

A neighbour said she heard the armed offenders squad calling for a man to come out of the house about 6am. She said it appeared the man gave himself up.

Fraser said combining illegally held firearms, illicit drugs and a volatile domestic environment was like pouring fuel on a fire.

He urged anyone who found themselves in stressful home environments not to turn to drugs, drink or guns for a solution, but to seek help.

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