Police are hunting a man who allegedly threatened two officers with a firearm in south Auckland.
Police say they were doing a routine inquiry at around 11am today when they were confronted by 27-year-old Ricky Batalliard.
Batalliard managed to escape while police were calling back up.
Inspector Julia Lynch, Area Commander for Manurewa, said the situation could have had a different outcome and it was a relief no one was injured.
"I would encourage Mr Batalliard, or those who know where he may be, to contact the police immediately," she said.
Batalliard is 185cm tall of a solid build and has distinctive face tattoos.
He was seen leaving in a stolen silver Hyundai iX35 station wagon with the registration HLY442.
If you see Batalliard, do not approach him and contact police immediately.
If you have information on his whereabouts contact the Counties-Manukau District Command Centre on 09 261 1300 or call 111.
Information can be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.