Police appeal for sightings of 'dangerous' Christchurch man wanted over firearms incident

Police are appealing for sightings of 23-year-old Brandon Jarden.
Police are appealing for sightings of 23-year-old Brandon Jarden. Photo credit: NZ Police

Police are hunting for a man who is wanted in relation to a firearms incident in Christchurch, which forced two schools into lockdown and cordoned off roads.

Brandon Jarden, 23, is considered dangerous and should not be approached, a police spokesperson said in a statement.

Police say they are "undertaking enquiries" to locate Jarden, who is believed to be driving a silver Toyota Caldina and is likely to be in the Canterbury area.

"We want to reassure the public there will be a visible Police presence in the area, as we actively search for Mr Jarden to keep everyone safe," the spokesperson said.

The firearms incident happened shortly before 12pm on Thursday in the suburb of Burnside. 

According to Stuff, Te Ara Maurea Roydvale School and the nearby BestStart Roydvale early education centre were placed under lockdown as a precaution. Several nearby streets were also cordoned off for an extended period of time. 

Ten members of the Armed Offenders Squad, firefighters, St John crews and police dog squads were called to the incident at the residential address.

A witness told Stuff that police could be heard speaking to someone at a property on Highwood Lane through a megaphone.

In an earlier statement, police confirmed they were trying to locate one person in relation to the incident.

Anyone who sees Jarden or has information that may be of assistance is urged to contact police immediately by calling 111. 

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.