Monday, 16 March 2009 - 8:15am |

Arrest of SH1 gunman

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Waikato Police are reiterating warnings on the dangers of misusing replica or imitation firearms following a close call in Hamilton early Saturday evening

Sergeant Neil Faulkner said Hamilton Police were alerted to an incident about 6.30pm where a hand gun was pointed out of a vehicle at the driver of a southbound car north of the City.

"The offender's vehicle, a Toyota Hi-lux, car was subsequently located and stopped in Heaphy Tce, Hamilton, by armed police.

"An air pistol and other weapons were located in the vehicle and a 25-year-old Auckland man arrested on a variety of driving, firearms and drugs charges."

Mr Faulkner said Police were concerned issues raised by Police late last year about the misuse of replica firearms were being ignored.

"Yet again we have had a very serious situation, where Police responding to a report of a very real threat have responded accordingly.

"People misusing such items as imitation or replica firearms need to know just how much risk they are placing their lives and the lives of others in."