Armed police at Tokoroa
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.