ARMED police swarmed Opotiki last night, hunting a drugged gunman.
Forces arrived in town on Thursday night at around 6pm, seeking George Ngamoki for allegedly discharging a firearm at his father’s home.
Opotiki police sergeant Mike MacKenzie said Ngamoki was believed to be on methamphetamine.
At least half a dozen police vehicles were present, with armed police taking to the streets.
Officers warned residents to stay off the streets, with one stating the gunman was still within the township.
Upon arrival, officers met outside Opotiki Primary School, some driving the streets with spotlights.
Ngamoki was not found, and detective senior sergeant Greg Standen said inquiries were continuing today.
“The safety of our public and our police staff attending incidents like this is paramount,” said Mr Standen.
“A gunshot was reported to be fired with no injury and this is serious, no matter what the intention of the offender was.
“When we attend incidents where firearms are involved this will draw an armed response from the police and our risk assessments may include the armed offender squad, but on this occasion the matter was dealt with by local staff.
“The public can be assured we take firearm incidents very seriously, and we will have this matter resolved once we speak with the male suspect,” said Mr Standen.
If anybody has any information relating to this case or if they know Ngamoki’s whereabouts, they are asked to call the police on 07 315 1110.
Alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Ngamoki has two warrants out for his arrest.