Cordons lifted, man arrested after five-hour stand-off with police in central Invercargill

The area where police have surrounded a building. - Photo: Supplied / Google Street View

A man is in custody after a five-hour stand-off in central Invercargil last night.

Five blocks of Dee Street were cordoned off last night after reports a woman jumped out a window on the town's main street.

Police said the situation was resolved by 12.30am, with the arrest of one man.

One eyewitness told RNZ the incident on the corner of Spey St and Dee St began about 8pm.

He saw police cars turn up, with officers blocking off the roads and getting customers out of shops.

He said police surrounded a building and asked everyone to get out, and after that he saw a family leave the building.

"There was a lady there also, and police requested her to jump through the window. She jumped out and the police took her to a safe place," he said.

She was crying as she left, he said.

"Now he's alone inside of the home," he said.

The eyewitness said he saw a similar incident involving armed police at the same property a couple of months ago.