Arrest following firearms incident in Opotiki

One person has been arrested after a 28-year-old man was shot in the leg in Eastern Bay of Plenty yesterday.

The incident occurred in a rural area east of Opotiki about 5pm, Senior Sergeant Richard Miller said

The man was in a group of three or four people building a pig trap when another man approached and allegedly fired on the group.

The injured man and his friends walked about 1.5km to get help before being picked up by Police and taken to a waiting ambulance.

A 56-year-old local man was later arrested at a property on Hinahinanui Road with the assistance of the Armed Offenders Squad.

He is due to appear in Whakatane District Court today charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and unlawful possession of a firearm.