Firearms incident, Oropi

Police attended a report of a firearms incident on Mountain Road, Oropi, about 12am today.

On arrival a person was located seriously injured.

The Armed Offenders Squad was deployed as a precaution and Eagle flew from Auckland to assist local staff.

Shortly before 1am a firearm was discharged again near Seales Road, hitting a civilian vehicle. No one was harmed.

One person was located at an address in Oropi and after negotiation with Police was arrested about 3:30am.

A 51-year-old man has been charged with recklessly discharging a firearm and is due to appear in Tauranga District Court on 21 September.

A scene guard remains in place and a scene examination will be carried out today.

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