32-year-old man faces multiple charges after discharging firearm in Waikanae

32-year-old man faces multiple charges after discharging firearm in Waikanae

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Police have charged a 32-year-old man on a number of counts following a firearms incident this morning in Waikanae, Kāpiti Coast.

The man was charged with Unlawful possession of a firearm, two charges of using a firearm against a law enforcement officer, two charges of aggravated robbery, two charges of discharging a firearm, two charges of kidnapping, commission of a crime with a firearm, two charges of presenting a firearm, Threatening to Kill and Unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

He is due to appear in Porirua District Court tomorrow to face the charges.

Authorities received a number of reports that a firearm was discharged in the area. A further report indicated a firearm was presented at a member of the public just after 8am. No one was injured.

One person was initially taken into custody. No one else is being sought in relation to the incident.

“As the seriousness of these charges indicate, this was an extremely distressing incident for members of the Waikanae community who were simply going about their day,” Detective Inspector Eddie Sutherland said.

“We continue to ensure these victims have support and ask anyone who has not yet come forward to contact us. We would also like to thank the community and can reassure them we are not looking for any other suspects in relation to today's events.”

Anyone who knows further information or has CCTV or dash camera footage is asked to contact Police on 105 and quote file number 211024/1246. Information can be passed on anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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