9 Nov 2017

Arrest after hunt for armed man

8:44 am on 9 November 2017

A teenager has been arrested after an extensive police hunt for an armed man in Central Otago.

Police cordons were set up in Cromwell and officers and a helicopter were involved in the search for a man, described as being in his late teens, following a family violence incident.

A 19-year-old was arrested shortly before 8am today.

The cordons, in Lowburn and Mount Pisa, were lifted last night.

Police said they were confident the man did not pose a risk to the public. Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk said last night officers had been in close contact with the man's family and he was being encouraged to hand himself in.