Man arrested at gunpoint

SALLY KIDSON
Last updated 11:49 30/11/2012
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Craig Smith
MEN IN BLACK: Armed Offenders Squad officers at the scene of the arrest in Gladstone Rd, Richmond.

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A man is in custody after he was arrested by armed police in Richmond this morning outside a Gladstone Rd business.

Tasman Outdoor Power Equipment manager technican Richard Ransfield was standing in the yard chatting to his daughter and saw the arrest take place right in front of him.

Mr Ransfield said it was the first time he had seen a dramatic arrest first hand.

He said a man in a black Subaru Forester drove into his yard followed by a police car.

He said the car had not even stopped in the driveway when two Armed Offenders Squad members had the man out of the car and had ''dealt with him''.

The arrest happened quickly.

He did not feel unsafe although his grandson was in the car with his daughter and he got her to close and lock their doors.

He said it was pretty cool to witness.

He went and closed the back gate to the business to stop some customers from coming in.

''I hope I haven't lost any customers because of it. I hope I didn't lose the sale of a mower.''

Across the road Mobil forecourt attendant Tony Page said he heard a police car driving south through the Queen St traffic lights with its siren going.

He then witnessed it do a u-turn in front of the black Forester which was travelling north. It boxed the car into the driveway of Tasman Outdoor Power Equipment.

He looked over and saw a man on the ground and handcuffed.

Matthew Thompson, chef at Robbie's Richmond heard the sirens around 9am and came out for a look:

''Pretty much all I saw was a guy sitting on the ground with his hands behind his back and a guy in black standing over him. It was pretty cool.''

Police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn said a man was in custody.

The arrest was made in connection with a search at a Stoke property and the AOS was involved to help with the search.

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