Witness appeal after BOP firearms incident

Police at a Kawerau address on Wednesday. Photos: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

Police are appealing for witnesses following a pursuit and shooting in the Bay of Plenty.

Police investigating a firearms incident in Kawerau on Wednesday would like to speak to any witnesses who have not already spoken to officers, or anyone with dash-cam or cellphone footage which might assist enquiries.

The incident unfolded around 11.25am, police initiated a pursuit after a man fled from a Kawerau property in a vehicle while an arrest warrant was being executed.

Spikes were deployed, however, the vehicle continued towards Te Teko. The fleeing vehicle was spiked again and came to a stop in Te Teko.

"At this point the driver presented a firearm at Police and Police have fired at him in response. The man has then fled in another vehicle stolen from the scene and headed back towards Kawerau," says a police spokesperson.

"Police forced the vehicle to a stop in Kawerau however the offender then fled on foot."

He was tracked to a residential property and surrendered to police around 2pm and taken into custody.

No injuries have been reported to those involved or any police staff at this time.

A 28-year-old man was arrested and police are now asking for anyone who saw the incident to come forward.

"In particular, we would like to hear from anyone driving in the Kawerau and Te Teko areas between 11.25am and midday who may have seen a silver Ford Falcon or black BMW followed by Police, or anyone who may have filmed the incident as it unfolded in Kawerau and Te Teko," says a police spokesperson.

"They are asked to contact Police on 105 quoting file number 200527/6890."

The alleged offender has been charged with dangerous driving, unlawful possession of a firearm, failing to stop, using a firearm against Police, and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, and is due to appear in Whakatane District Court today.

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Could have been tragic.

Posted on 28-05-2020 12:51 | By morepork

Someone panicking and grabbing a car to escape, while not recommended, is understandable. Discharging a firearm at Police is just unacceptable. Too many American movies, I reckon...