Police are actively searching for an offender following a serious incident in Gore overnight in which two police-issued pistols were stolen.
Police attempted to stop a vehicle shortly before midnight.
The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot.
The man has then stolen the patrol vehicle and rammed another Police car before abandoning the vehicle a short while later.
"Two Police-issued Glock pistols have been stolen from the vehicle," says a police spokesperson.
"Police have pursued another vehicle, believed to be driven by the same man, through the Ferndale area, but he has not yet been located.
"We are following strong lines of enquiry."
Police urge people in the Southland area to be alert and stay safe.
If you see anyone suspicious or have any information that may assist Police, please immediately contact 111 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The incident will be referred to the IPCA and finding this offender is a priority for Police.