Numerous charges for armed Hawke's Bay man

  • 10/02/2016
Ihaka Paul (supplied)
Ihaka Paul (supplied)

An armed fugitive who sparked the lockdown of a small Hawke's Bay settlement when he pointed a gun at police now faces a number of charges after giving himself up.

Ihaka Paul, 26, is in custody after giving himself up on Tuesday evening at a house in Frasertown, near Wairoa.

He had been on the run since cutting off his electronic bail bracelet and allegedly threatening family members with a gun at a Hastings house on January 29.

On Tuesday he allegedly pointed the gun at police and led them on a small chase to Frasertown and was later tracked to a property in the rural town where he bunkered down while negotiating with police.

Paul gave himself up peacefully and police say he will face a number of charges relating to both incidents.

Earlier in the afternoon, armed offender squads from Hawke's Bay and Gisborne were called to Frasertown and locked down schools, set up cordons and diverted traffic away from the area.

School children were released from lockdown while under police supervision.

A helicopter was also used in the search and a third armed offenders squad searched Lake Waikaremoana.

A no-fly zone was established above Wairoa-Frasertown.

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