1493600814973 - Shot fired over police officer’s head during search and rescue operation

Shot fired over police officer’s head during search and rescue operation

A man will appear in court after firing a shot over a policeman’s head.

The police officer was searching for a pair of missing mountain bikers near Featherston on Saturday night when he wandered close to a property on Boar Bush Gully Rd.

Police said a 69-year-old man at the property shouted at the officer to leave before firing a shot into the air.

The bullet sailed safely over the officer’s head. The man on the property had not initially realised it was an officer he had fired at. When he did, the situation quickly defused.

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Senior Sergeant Mike Sutton said there were no further issues when police made contact with the man.

“The officer realised straight away that the shot wasn’t directed at him, but he still moved himself into a safe position,” he said.

The two mountain bikers, who police had been in sporadic radio contact with, emerged safely from the bush on Sunday morning.

The man who fired the shot was charged with unlawfully discharging a firearm and will appear in Masterton District Court on Thursday.

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