29 Apr 2015

Dunedin man caught after manhunt

9:18 pm on 29 April 2015

A 28-year-old man has been arrested in Dunedin following an armed police manhunt today.

AOS member in sniper position giving cover.

AOS member in sniper position giving cover during the manhunt in North Dunedin. Photo: RNZ / Ian Telfer

Police said Sean Roche had a gun when he fled from a patrol car about 10am.

He was found at a south Dunedin home this evening, and arrested without incident.

He was due to appear in the Dunedin District Court tomorrow, facing charges of failing to stop and obtaining by deception.

The police said more charges may be laid.

The armed offenders' squad was called out and a cordon in North Dunedin was in place as police searched for him earlier today.

At the height of the callout at least six AOS members were seen patrolling Norwood Street and searching properties.

Another AOS member was crouched with a firearm keeping a lookout on a roadside overlooking Norwood Street, Radio New Zealand reporter Ian Telfer said from the scene.

Police in North Dunedin are looking for a man after an incident earlier today.

Police had been looking for the man since an incident earlier today. Photo: RNZ / Ian Telfer

Dunedin manhunt

Sean Roche's car is removed from Norwood Street. Photo: RNZ / Ian Telfer

The incident started when Mr Roche did a u-turn near a police car and then fled pursuing police.

Police had found his white Commodore in Norwood Street about 11.20 am. They later supervised a tow truck as it removed the car from the street.

Armed offenders squad members search a Dunedin street.

Squad cars and AOS members can be seen on a residential street. Photo: RNZ / Ian Telfer

Armed offenders squad members outside a Dunedin house.

AOS members during the search today in Dunedin. Photo: RNZ / Ian Telfer