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No gun found at Morrinsville house

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/03/2016

Shots heard by residents in Morrinsville when armed police were surrounding a house were tear gas cans being fired by police.

Armed police cordoned off parts of the Waikato town for about four hours on Saturday afternoon but there was confusion about what actually occurred.

Police had headed to a house after a report a man was on the roof with a firearm.

Unsure if the man was still in the house, police surrounded the property and fired tear gas.

But neither the man nor a firearm was found at the house, and there was also no evidence one had been fired.

They are still looking for the man. "This was an isolated incident between two neighbouring properties," police say. "Because of this, and with the current information available to us, police do not believe there is any risk to any other member of the public."

Media talked to residents near Strathmore Street who said they heard as many as 10 gunshots between midday and 2pm and media recorded what sounded like shots being fired.

The sound was the deployment of the tear gas by police, not from a firearm, police say. The cordons have been lifted.

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