BRADEN FASTIER / STUFF
It was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time for five people arrested on a shot outside the Nelson Police Station on Wednesday.
An eyewitness said the police had pulled their weapons and yelled at the men to put their hands in the air and go on the floor before being handcuffed.
Matt Thornicroft said he saw six policemen with guns "that pointed to them from all directions".
He said he was walking past the police station on his way to Queen's Gardens when he heard the commotion.
"I heard the dogs go off, so I went upstairs to look.
"It was remarkable … the whole was pretty calm and well orchestrated, apart from the noise of the dogs, none of the [arrested men] were resistant in any way. "
DAVID UNWIN / STUFF
The men were pulled out of a white van, which was assumed to be a neighborhood bus parked directly in front of Nelson's police station.
The incident happened just before 15:00.
He said the arrested men looked like young boys in their twenties.
Nelson Bays area commander inspector Matt Arnold-Kelly said they had received information that there was "possibly a firearm in a van".
"It was just like the team of armed robbers there at the station after having had a training day."
The team held the occupants down while they were looking for a firearm.
Arnold-Kelly said they thought "an item of interest", but at this stage he could not tell whether it was a firearm or not.
More to come.