16 Apr 2024

Two charged after hours long stand-off with police

11:04 am on 16 April 2024


Two men have been charged after a five hour long stand off with armed police in Palmerston North on Friday morning.

Police were called to the home on Otaki Place about 2am, following reports of a man behaving aggressively towards a woman.

A man who was being obstructive was taken into custody.

Another man inside the house later came to the door and pointed what appeared to be a pistol at officers.

The Armed Offenders Squad and Police Negotiation Team were called and the man was taken into custody about 7am.

A pistol, rifle, and dismantled firearm were found when police searched the house.

Acting District Commander Inspector Cliff Brown said it should how things could escalate quickly.

"I want to commend the officers involved for the calm and measured approach they took to an evolving situation, which led to a safe outcome for all involved."

A 26-year-old man has appeared in court facing firearm offences and a 27-year-old man has been charged with obstruction.

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