Police search after shots reported
Police searched a south Hamilton home yesterday after a domestic incident turned into a full blown armed police response following reports of shots fired.
Shift manager, acting senior sergeant Andy BuBear, said the incident began shortly after 9am when a domestic dispute between a man and a woman was reported at a Tomin Rd address in Glenview.
A man at the scene cordon, who didn't want to be named, said his sister lived opposite the property and was leaving to Te Wananga O Aotearoa as the incident unfolded.
"She left her house to walk to her course and heard some shots go off," the man said.
She immediately headed to her brother's house around the corner on Glenview Tce.
"She was shocked. Her heart was pumping when she came here."
The man said a police witness had told him a woman was in the house when the man smashed up doors and windows. Mr BuBear later confirmed three people were present in the two storey house at the time including a 10-year-old child who managed to leave the house before police arrived.
"When officers arrived outside the address they became concerned about shouting inside the house and forced entry into the home," Mr BuBear said.
"Once inside they were confronted by a male who threatened to shoot both them and the woman so they retreated to await the arrival of reinforcements."
Because of the gun threat, responding units included armed staff and these officers established an initial cordon around the house and surrounding streets. Mr BuBear said there were also unconfirmed reports of a shot being fired.
Members of the Waikato Armed Offenders Squad were called in to assist.
However, before they arrived, the woman made her way out of the house and the offender gave himself up following voice appeals by AOS officers.
He was arrested without incident about 10.15am and all three people from the house were interviewed by police.
Several streets were cordoned off during the incident and residents were asked to remain inside their homes.