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Armed woman points gun at Rotorua police then steals patrol car and crashes it

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A armed woman pointed a gun at police officers then stole their patrol car before crashing it in Rotorua this evening, police say.

A police spokesperson said in a statement that officers in Whakarewarewa were approached by a woman about 9pm.

She allegedly pointed a gun at police, who retreated on foot.

The woman drove off in their police car and crashed it shortly afterwards, in Wahiao Drive, the spokesperson said.

“The woman was arrested a short distance away and taken into custody, and the firearm was recovered.”

During the incident, armed police could be seen manning a cordon on the nearby Sala Street.

A photographer at the scene said a cordon was in place on Sala St and traffic was being diverted down McIntyre Ave.

A woman was taken from the scene in a police car.

Meanwhile, a vehicle has crashed into a gate tonight at Whakarewarewa Village, a few blocks from the police cordon.

A man, who didn’t want to be named, said he arrived in the village minutes after the drama unfolded.

“All I know is they came through the pā, smashed through the gate spun around came back down, hit a woman’s car, crashed into the wall down by the marae and got into another car and took off.”

Police said it appears the two incidents are connected.

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