Armed police arrest man with imitation airgun after lockdown at Parliament

News from NZ Police
Police last night arrested a man outside Parliament following an incident in which he produced an imitation air gun while standing inside the grounds.

It followed a call from Parliament security at about 9.20pm after one of their officers had approached the man, aged in his 30s, who produced the gun and made comments that caused concern for his (the man’s) wellbeing.

No comments or threats were made to the security officer or in relation to Parliament.

Armed police apprehended the man without issue as he approached his car parked out on Molesworth Street. The firearm was located on him.

Although there was no apparent threat to any other person, Parliament was temporarily locked down by security staff as a precaution and officers monitored the man via CCTV, which proved of valuable assistance in keeping updates of his location and movements current for attending Police staff.

The man was to be medically assessed and a decision then made on what charges, if any, would be laid.

 

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