Central Otago cop threatened with steel bar

JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN
Last updated 10:47 14/07/2014

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Police are praising the actions of a Central Otago country constable who subdued a violent 21-year-old man in Ranfurly at the weekend.

Sergeant Simon Paget said the sole constable was called to a rural address on the outskirts of Ranfurly about 10am yesterday after receiving reports of a man allegedly smashing up the property.

Two men and a woman were at the address. No children were present, Paget said.

"Upon arrival at the scene, the sole attending officer was met by an aggressive and unco-operative man who fled back into the address when the officer attempted to arrest him."

The officer was told the man had allegedly discharged a firearm so he decided to wait for police backup, Paget said.

However, the man then approached in a vehicle and threatened the officer with a steel bar.

The officer drew his Taser and the man dropped the bar and complied with instructions but when the officer moved to handcuff the man, he resisted violently. However, after a long struggle the officer was able to bring the man under control and arrest him, Paget said.

"Full credit goes to the constable who, when faced with a dangerous situation and a motivated offender, selected the appropriate tactical option and effected the arrest without injury to either party," Paget said.

The man will appear in the Dunedin District Court today charged with wilful damage, discharging a firearm near a dwelling, unlawful possession of a firearm, assaulting police with a weapon, resisting arrest, and escaping custody.

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