Police have arrested a man following a report of a person seen with a firearm in Manurewa this morning.
At around 10.50am, Police received a report of a group of males shooting what appeared to be a rifle at the rear of their Sturdee Road address.
As a precaution, a nearby early learning centre was put into lockdown.
A number of armed Police responded and cordoned off the area before approaching the property.
A high powered air rifle was located at the address and a 21-year-old male was arrested at the scene without incident.
Inspector Danny Meade says this morning’s incident required a number of Police resources, including Eagle, which could have been avoided if people had only thought of the consequences before using an air gun in a built up area.
“I am sure members of the public would also appreciate our resources being used in other ways to reduce crime in the community.
“This is a timely reminder that when Police receive reports of a firearm being used or seen, and staff respond, there is an expectation they are entering an armed confrontation and so staff will react accordingly,” Inspector Meade says.
Charges are being considered.
Any member of the public who has information regarding unlawful firearms is encouraged to contact Police on 105 or make an anonymous report to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Holly McKay/NZ Police