Frasertown shut down as police hunt Ihaka Paul

By Aroha Treacher
  • North Island: East Coast

The Armed Offender Squad from Hawke's Bay and Gisborne have shut down streets and set up cordons around Frasertown as Ihaka Paul continues to evade police.

After being sighted chasing a male along a road in Wairoa holding a firearm, Paul became the subject of a police pursuit which began in Wairoa and continued on to Frasertown where he pointed a firearm at police.

Police are diverting traffic away from the Frasertown area and have alerted all local schools to keep their students indoors.

The 26-year-old is wanted by police after he cut off his electronic bail bracelet and made several threats to harm family in Hastings with a pistol on January 29.

Inspector Harry Harvey said the situation was “ongoing” and police were monitoring Paul’s movements as best they could.

“Obviously we have to treat this unfolding situation with extreme caution and we urge everyone to stay away from the Frasertown area at this time.  Paul is believed to be highly volatile and we ask that he not be approached,” Mr Harvey said.

Police are using all resources at their disposal to locate him, bringing in a helicopter from Gisborne while an Armed Offenders Squad from the Bay of Plenty are monitoring and searching the Lake Waikaremoana area.

Paul is described as a male Maori about 1.7m tall with a shaved undercut haircut.  He has a large facial tattoo across his nose and cheeks, which could have been added to recently.

Anyone who has seen Paul or if they know where he is should ring 111 immediately.