Police search for firearm after shots fired

23:44, Aug 04 2014

Police were this morning still hunting for a firearm linked to an armed incident on Coromandel where shots were fired near a school yesterday.

A property on Tapu Rd near the Coroglen Tavern remains cordoned off today as Waikato Police conduct a scene examination of the area as well as a vehicle that was seized while trying to leave the scene yesterday.

A man from the house is being interviewed and police are canvassing nearby residents, Detective Sergeant Martyn Hughes of the Thames-Coromandel CIB said.

"Two men were arrested during the incident which unfolded shortly after 3pm. One was released overnight without charge while a 41-year-old man has been charged with an earlier aggravated robbery and will appear in the Hamilton District Court today."

Hughes said it may be several days before police are able to confirm exactly what occurred yesterday.

A firearm had yet to be found shortly before 10am today, Waikato Police communications manager Andrew McAlley said.

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Hughes confirmed a number of shots were fired during the incident though no one was injured. 

"Local police staff established cordons in and around the area and awaited the arrival by helicopter from Hamilton of members of the Waikato armed offenders squad.''

They police eagle helicopter also responded.

Police initially responded to the situation where two men had reportedly gone to the house allegedly armed with a gun.

Both the Coroglen Tavern and Coroglen School were locked down during the incident.

A short time later a vehicle with two men inside tried to leave the police cordon. Both were arrested and the vehicle seized.

Waikato Times