Brothers' fight sparks AOS callout

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 10:15 14/04/2014
AOS on Whites Rd
Don Scott/Fairfax NZ

CORDON: Police and armed offenders squad officers block of the northern end of Whites Rd yesterday.

AOS on Whites Rd
Robin McCarthy
FAMILY DISPUTE: Local police and members of the AOS cordoned off the North Canterbury road for about two hours while the situation was dealt with.

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Armed police had to cordon off a rural North Canterbury road after a fight between two brothers got out of hand.

Police were called to Whites Rd, near Ohoka, about 2pm yesterday after a man called emergency services during a fight with his brother.

Sergeant Colin Stewart said police were told a firearm had been "fired" at the address.

Local police and members of the armed offenders squad (AOS) cordoned off the road for about two hours while the situation was dealt with.

"It's unfortunate when we have to inconvenience local people," Stewart said. 

A man aged in his early 20s was spoken to by police, but no charges were laid.

No-one was injured during the relatively "minor" incident, but police would be speaking to the man again this week about the safe use of firearms.

"Any matter where we know there are firearms involved, police treat extremely seriously," Stewart said. 

"We've got our specialist AOS squad who we used and that's for the safety of the public and the people we're dealing with and police."

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