Man in custody following serious incident in Gore

Friday, 16 August 2019 - 6:13pm

Police can counsel the 24-year-old man desired in regard to the severe incident in Gore on Wednesday night has been detained.

Following Police Counsel that the guy was located at a property in the Te Tipua area around 3pm this afternoon, and taken in custody.

Officers are currently speaking to him and we anticipate charges to be put in due course.

One of those Police-issued Glock pistols stolen throughout the significant event in Gore on Wednesday night has been recovered at the exact same Te Tipua property. 

A quantity of ammunition was also located at the property, and the firearm will be subject to forensic evaluation as part of their ongoing investigation. 

At this phase the second stolen Police firearm remains outstanding.

Officers are actively working to locate it and are currently following positive leads of enquiry.

I can assure the community that our complete focus remains on its secure recovery.

Since the severe incident happened on Wednesday day Southern Police with support of Police national pro teams have worked relentlessly to safely resolve this situation.

I would like to commend the officers involved for their work in bringing this man into custody.

The job is not finished, and we encourage anyone with information to come forward and talk to us.

Anyone potentially involved in hiding or disposing of this firearm should be aware there is presently a constant focus on discovering it, which Police are willing to work constructively with anybody who can assist with these enquiries.

We encourage them to call Police on 111, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

I would like to thank the community for their patience and help throughout this surgery.

Their support of the work of Police is essential to achieving safe and successful results.

Details on likely fees and some other court appearance date are yet to be verified.

ENDS

Issued by Police Media Centre

Daniel Rolph

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