Armed po­lice at Toko­roa

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Toko­roa po­lice and the Ro­torua Armed Of­fend­ers Squad were called to a Puriri St ad­dress to a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Puriri and To­tara streets were blocked off by po­lice. Po­lice ve­hi­cles were also seen at Toko­roa North School.

Se­nior Sergeant Graeme Hill of Toko­roa said po­lice were still look­ing for a per­son of in­ter­est.

‘‘ Po­lice are look­ing for a 43-year-old male in re­la­tion to this mat­ter’’ Mr Hill said.

Mr Hill could not elab­o­rate on the is­sue be­cause in­ves­ti­ga­tions are still on­go­ing but he did say that weapons were in­volved and threats against po­lice were made.

A Puriri St res­i­dent told South Waikato News he had heard yelling and what seemed like a gun­shot.

‘‘The street is usu­ally quiet, I got a hell of a fright when I saw these of­fi­cers with black face masks on sur­round our street, it was freaky.’’

Mr Hill said that no-one was in­jured dur­ing the search.

No ar­rests have been made, although South Waikato News did see a young man whose hands were be­hind his back be­ing led by po­lice.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent at the week­end the po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ar­son of a ve­hi­cle on State High­way 1.

The truck was for sale when it was torched.

Mr Hill said po­lice want to speak with a group of young peo­ple who were seen drink­ing at the ceme­tery on Fri­day night.

Mr Hill said bur­glar­ies and the num­ber of ar­rests for dis­or­der were down.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion about the cases con­tact Toko­roa po­lice on 885 0100.

ARMED: A Toko­roa po­lice of­fi­cer with a gun watches over the street as fel­low of­fi­cers swoop in on Puriri St.

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