Police officer at shot during the early hours of the morning

Police officer at shot during the early hours of the morning

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A car pulled out in front of a Police vehicle and stopped in the middle of the road on State Highway 11 near Puketona Junction with State Highway 10 at around 4:13 am this morning.

Two males exited their vehicle, and both presented firearms as the officer was about to get out of the patrol car.

The officer retreated immediately, but one shot was fired at the patrol vehicle, which resulted in the windscreen getting damaged.

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The officer was not harmed as they quickly left the scene and called for backup.

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Police are working with a team to identify and locate the vehicle and persons involved in this incident.

Northland District Commander Superintendent Tony Hill says it is a ‘huge relief’ that the Police officer was not injured, but this incident highlights the danger of Policing.

“It is completely unacceptable that someone would shoot at a Police officer in this way, and we are very lucky that they were not seriously injured or worse.”

Police will be making every effort to locate these offenders and hold them to account.

“People need to remember that every day when our staff come to work, they leave behind their families,” said Tony Hill.

“They do this to keep our communities safe, and the last thing they deserve is to be shot at.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kerikeri Police on 105.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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