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Man in court over Palmerston North manhunt

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/07/2016

The man arrested following a two-day armed police manhunt in Palmerston North faces a charge of pulling a gun on a police officer.

Caleb Kovaleski, 25, handed himself in on Friday after allegedly fleeing from officers and being holed up in the suburb of Cloverlea for more than 24 hours.

Police said a gun was found at the property where Kovaleski was hiding.

He appeared in the Palmerston North District Court on Saturday morning facing charges of presenting a firearm against police, dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving while disqualified.

The firearms charge carries a maximum penalty of 14 years' jail.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear again later in the month.

Police are still calling for witnesses.

During the hunt for Kovaleski, two schools were locked down and some residents were unable to return to their homes in the cordon.

The cordon was lifted on Friday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Kovaleski's adoptive father Jim Antcliff urged his son to end the stand-off peacefully.

"I love you son, we all love you ... please come out peacefully this time," he said in an interview with Maori Television.

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