Domestic Violence Causes Armed Offenders Squad Callout

Posted by on 24/01/2014

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Eastern Waikato Police investigating a recent domestic violence incident say the discovery of firearms and illicit drugs at the address point to a volatile mixture.

Officer in charge of the Waihi Police Station, Sergeant Aaron Fraser, said officers supported by members of the Waikato and Bay of Plenty Armed Offenders Squads went to a Barry Rd address early this morning.

"Police were seeking a 37-year-old man from the address who was wanted for an earlier domestic violence related incident however items recovered at the property ended up with the man facing even more charges.

"Firearms, ammunition, firearms related items and cannabis were recovered at the scene resulting in the man being arrested and facing several firearms, drugs and threatening to kill charges."

Mr Fraser said one of the unfortunate things about the fine weather over the summer is that people often spend more time outside, often consuming greater amounts of alcohol and families can often feel like they are living on top of one another.

"Another challenge is that at this time of year people are trying to balance bills coming in from Christmas and there is the expense of kids returning to school which all adds to the pressure.

"Combining illegally held firearms, illicit drugs and a volatile domestic environment is like pouring fuel on a fire and we urge anyone who finds themselves in stressful home environments not to turn to drugs, drink or guns for a solution but to seek help.