Armed police were called to a Katikati property this morning after police say a female police officer had a rifle pointed at her by a man in the street.
The police officer was leaving the house of a witness assisting in a burglary when a 20-year-old man is alleged to have pointed a rifle at the constable at about 2.30am.
Police investigate a burglary at a Katikati property. Earlier police say a police officer had a gun pointed at her in a nearby street.
The man has been arrested and is due to appear in Tauranga District Court today charged burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, using a firearm against a law enforcement officer and unlawful taking of a vehicle.
The police officer was responding to call of suspicious activity at a Katikati house when she spotted a man acting suspiciously near the intersection of Fairview Road and Robinson Street.
When she stopped to speak to the man police say he dropped the bags he was carrying and swung the rifle towards her.
The officer immediately left the area and called for assistance.
Police say the area was cordoned off and the Armed Offenders Squad was deployed.
A bag containing a rifle and ammunition was located and a short time later a man who emerged from a nearby address was arrested.
Detective Senior Sergeant Alan Kingsbury says there were two burglaries in the area overnight, in which two firearms were stolen.
One of which has since been recovered.
This morning more than six police cars were investigating the burglaries in an area down Tui Street in Katikati.
Tui Street resident Colin Hart has lived in the street for the last 20 years and says it is usually a quiet street.
“It makes me quite nervous with all the police activity happening.”
Police also recovered property from a burglary.
The 20-year-old is due in Tauranga District Court today.
Police outside a Tui Street property.