Alleged gunman stays in custody
A Pauatahanui gunman sparked a police manhunt last week when he disappeared into the bush with a .22 rifle.
Dozens of Pauatahanui residents were kept from returning home on Wednesday night as the armed offenders squad searched the bush from 5pm. At 9pm, with the gunman still not found, residents were allowed to return home but told to lock their doors and stay inside.
Gene Napier Glover, 22, a carpetlayer, is accused of being the gunman. He was arrested last Thursday morning. He appeared at Porirua District Court that afternoon on seven charges, including unlawfully possessing a firearm and failure to appear at court. He entered no plea on the firearms charge and has been remanded in custody for psychiatric assessment.