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Arrest after shots fired in Ruatoria

Police appeal to witnesses to crash

A man has been arrested in relation to a firearms incident that led to police cordoning off a street near Ruatoria on Saturday morning for several hours.

Police received reports at around 9.20am that shots had been fired in the McClutchie Road area off Tuparoa Road south-east of the township.

Before police arrived at the scene several vehicles left the street at speed, and one of those crashed on Waiomatatini Road a short time later.

There were no injuries reported as a result of either incident.

“A 49-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the firearms incident and he has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Kevin Ford.

The man was to make an initial apearance in court in Gisborne today.

“We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the vehicle crash in Waiomatatini Road and also the incident in McClutchie Road.

“Our inquiries continue into both incidents.”

Police called on the public in the McClutchie Road area to stay indoors on Saturday while the lockdown remained.

There was a heightened police presence in the area over the rest of the weekend.

“We have put extra staff into the Ruatoria area to support local staff and the heightened police presence there will continue this week,” said Det Snr Sgt Ford

Police described the shooting incident as an isolated one.

“Anyone with information that may assist this investigation is urged to contact police on 105.”

The Ruatoria situation was one of two firearms incidents police were called to over the weekend.

The other occurred at around 9.30pm on Saturday in Munro Street in Gisborne.

“There was an argument between people at an address in the street and a shot was fired,” Det Snr Sgt Ford said.

“No one was injured. Our inquiries are ongoing.”

No arrests have been made as yet.