Gun­man shot by po­lice

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Taihape - KIRSTY LAWRENCE

A man shot by po­lice at a pop­u­lar Manawatu¯ camp­ground was in a sta­ble con­di­tion in Palmer­ston North Hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice were called to a ‘‘fam­ily harm in­ci­dent’’ at the Vine­gar Hill Camp Ground, on State High­way 54, north of Feild­ing, about 9.25am on Tues­day.

An armed man, 22, who was threat­en­ing a woman was shot by po­lice and treated at the scene for a non-life threat­en­ing in­jury, Po­lice act­ing Cen­tral Dis­trict com­man­der In­spec­tor Keith Bor­rell said.

The man was in a sta­ble con­di­tion and was to have surgery on an in­jury to his arm on Tues­day evening.

A Vine­gar Hill reg­u­lar, Barry, had been com­ing to the Ran­gitı¯kei River for 30 years.

Barry said things like this hap­pened from time-to-time in the idyl­lic spot, known for its colour­ful New Year’s cel­e­bra­tions.

‘‘About two years ago I saw a per­son get shot [by a Taser].’’

The drama un­folded right out­side his car­a­van, with the man run­ning from the toi­let block up to­wards his spot.

‘‘Po­lice pulled out and said: ‘If you don’t lay down on the ground I will shoot you’.’’

But the in­ci­dents didn’t bother Barry.

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