Police say an armed fugitive who threatened police and family members with a gun has now been arrested in a small Hawke's Bay settlement.
Ihaka Paul, 26, 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.
Since then, police had been searching Hawke's Bay properties looking for him. Police say he gave himself up at around 7:15pm tonight at a house in Frasertown, near Wairoa. No one was injured in his arrest.
Paul will now face a number of charges related to two firearms incidents.
While the armed offenders squad didn't find him during a raid on a Hasting's house this morning, he was seen shortly afterwards chasing a man down the road with a gun, according to locals.
Armed offender squads from Hawke's Bay and Gisborne in Frasertown earlier locked down schools, set up cordons and diverted traffic away from the area while they searched for Paul.
Children from local schools were released from lockdown at around 4:30pm under supervision of police.
A helicopter also assisted in the search while a third armed offenders squad searched the nearby Lake Waikaremoana.
"They've all got guns," witness Paul from the Frasertown Tavern told Newshub. "There's just been a chopper floating around, and armed offenders [are] here actually, and there's quite a few police cars. They've blocked off the street."
Newshub. / NZN