Man arrested by armed offenders squad after shots fired near CBD apartment

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A man discharged a firearm early this morning near the Sirocco Apartments on Church Street in the Wellington CBD. It was reported at 1am that the man was heard yelling before the firearm was discharged.

He was then seen walking up some stairs at the end of Church Street that lead up to The Terrace. Several witnesses who had heard the man yelling and the firearm being discharged, saw him later enter an apartment building on The Terrace.

Police cordoned this address and waited for the armed offenders squad to arrive.

A short section of The Terrace was closed for nearly two hours while the police cordon was in place.

The armed offenders squad later arrested a 35-year-old man at the address. He was there with a woman. He was taken into custody without incident and will be appearing in the Wellington District Court on Monday on firearms related charges.

No one was injured and at this stage it isn’t thought that any property was damaged as a result of the firearm being discharged. It is believed that two shots were discharged, possibly from a shotgun.

A firearm has not yet been located and Wellington Police will continue to search for this in the morning. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they can contact Wellington Police on (04) 381200 or information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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