Police presence ramps up on back of Opotiki firearms incident


A firearms incident in Opotiki this week has resulted in a heightened police presence in the town.

Police, including the armed offenders squad, were called to Nelson Street just after midnight on Tuesday, following reports of shots being fired towards a vehicle.

The Whakatane Beacon reports this happened at the home of the Opotiki Mongrel Mob president, Steve Taiatini - whose family were sheltering inside at the time.

Three men have been arrested in relation to the incident and appeared at Whakatane District Court this week facing a range of firearms, assault and driving charges.

A 23-year-old has been released without charge.

Mr Taiatini also appeared in court, charged with wounding with intent to cause grevious bodily harm.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge and has been denied bail.

A police media spokesperson says there is now increased Police presence following the incident.

Police says its to provide community reassurance.

It says feedback from the public has been largely positive in terms of Police's proactive efforts to help stop gang violence.

Sam Gardner