Man threatens to kill police officers

JONATHAN CARSON
Last updated 05:59 17/08/2012

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A man with a loaded hunting bow threatened to kill police officers during a dog seizure at a Hamilton house.

Police had to draw a taser and use pepper spray to subdue him following a lengthy standoff.

Officers were assisting Hamilton City Council Animal Control staff with the seizure of dogs at a Beatty St house on Wednesday.

City tactical coordinator, Senior Sergeant Freda Grace, said they were confronted at the front door by an ‘‘allegedly aggressive and confrontational’’ man with a hunting bow that had three arrows attached.

‘‘The offender then retreated inside the house, slamming and locking the door and tried to flee via the back door.’’

Police officers were blocking the back door and the man went back inside where he continued to threaten police staff.

‘‘The man was eventually subdued by the officers in a situation where pepper spray was used and a Taser presented,’’ Ms Grace said.

‘‘Given his level of resistance and his alleged threats to kill officers his arrest without serious injury to either the offender or police staff is a credit to those involved.’’

The man appeared in the Hamilton District Court yesterday on charges of threatening to kill or do grievous bodily harm, resisting police and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was bailed to reappear later this month.

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