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Hamilton domestic prompts armed Police response

Hamilton domestic prompts armed Police response

A forensic examination of a south Hamilton home is currently underway following a domestic incident this morning that saw armed Police cordon off several streets after reports a shot had been fired.

Shift manager, Acting Senior Sergeant Andy BuBear, said the incident began shortly after 9am when Police were advised of a domestic dispute at a Tomin Rd address in Glenview.

"Three people were present at the address at the time of the incident including a 10-year-old child who managed to leave the house before Police arrived.

"When officers arrived outside the address they became concerned about shouting inside the house and forced entry into the home. Once inside they were confronted by a male who threatened to shoot both them and the woman so they retreated to await the arrival of reinforcements."

Mr BuBear said because of the threat of a firearm, responding units included armed staff and these officers established an initial cordon around the house and surrounding streets.

"There were also unconfirmed reports of a shot being fired and as such members of the Waikato Armed Offenders Squad were called in to assist. Prior to their arrival the woman made her way out of the house and the offender gave him self up following voice appeals by AOS officers.

"He was arrested without incident about 10.15am and all three people from the house are being interviewed by Police. Partner agencies are currently providing victim support and other assistance as required."

As part of the Police's response several streets were cordoned off to vehicle traffic while residents were asked to remain inside.

The Glenview Primary School on Bruce Ave was asked to clear its sports field to allow an Auckland based Police helicopter to land if required however the school was advised that the situation had been resolved about 10.20am.

Mr BuBear said to date, no firearm had been located at the address and reports of a shot being fired may have been from a window being smashed and Police would keep an open mind on what happened until a search of the home and interviews of those involved were completed.

"Situations such as today's obviously require significant Police response to ensure the safety of all parties concerned and often it is necessary to restrict people's movement by way of establishing cordons.

"Police balance the risks to the public against the impact on day to day activities when considering such cordons and we would like to thank local residents for their patience and support during the management of today's incident."

ENDS