Police Respond to Family Harm Incident in Christchurch, Resulting in School Lockdown

Police responded to a family harm incident in Addington, Christchurch, involving a reported firearm, resulting in one person hospitalized with moderate injuries. A nearby school was placed under lockdown, and police are searching for a person of interest, with multiple patrol cars and the armed offenders squad deployed.

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Police Respond to Family Harm Incident in Christchurch, Resulting in School Lockdown

Police Respond to Family Harm Incident in Christchurch, Resulting in School Lockdown

In Addington, Christchurch, police responded to a family harm incident on Whiteleigh Avenue involving a reported firearm. The incident, which occurred on an unspecified date, resulted in one person being hospitalized with moderate injuries and prompted a significant police response, including 10 to 15 patrol cars, an ambulance, and the armed offenders squad.

Why this matters: Thisincident highlights the ongoing concern of family harm and gun violence in New Zealand, which can have a ripple effect on the community and impact public safety. It also underscores the importance of swift and effective police response to prevent further harm and ensure the well-being of those involved.

As a precautionary measure, nearby Addington Te Kura Taumatua school on Brougham Street was placed under a police-enforced lockdown. The school posted on social media, advising parents, "Please do not come to school for School Cross Country. We are in a police-enforced lockdown. Your children are safe in their rooms. We will update as soon as we know more information. Please avoid calling the school and tying up phone lines." The lockdown has since been lifted, and parents were able to collect their children as usual.

Police put cordons in place at the address on Whiteleigh Avenue, and two people from the address are assisting with inquiries to locate the person of interest, who is no longer believed to be in the area. Armed police are currently searching for the man involved in the incident. Residents were evacuated from nearby properties, and police have advised the public to avoid the area around Whiteleigh Avenue and Lincoln Road while they work to resolve the situation safely.

Seven police cars were seen at the scene near the Z petrol station on Lincoln Road. Z Addington is currently closed, with staff following guidance from local police. In a statement, Z Energy said, "Our site staff are safe and the incident did not occur at the Z site. Our key priority is ensuring our staff remain safe."

Police acknowledge that the incident may have been unsettling for the young people whose school went into lockdown and appreciate their support. Inquiries remain ongoing to determine exactly what occurred during the family harm incident. The police investigation is still underway to establish the precise circumstances surrounding the event.

Key Takeaways

  • Police responded to a family harm incident in Addington, Christchurch, involving a reported firearm.
  • One person was hospitalized with moderate injuries, prompting a significant police response.
  • Nearby Addington Te Kura Taumatua school was placed under lockdown as a precautionary measure.
  • Police are searching for a person of interest, with two people from the address assisting with inquiries.
  • The incident has been contained, with residents evacuated and nearby businesses closed.