Officer fatally shot in routine traffic stop
A police officer is dead after two officers were shot in West Auckland today.
A member of the public was also hit by a vehicle after police performed a routine traffic stop at around 10.30am on Reynella Drive in Massey.
In a media briefing this afternoon, Police Commissioner Andrew Coster says the second officer is being treated in hospital for serious injuries.
He says the member of the public sustained minor injuries.
Coster says the offender fled the scene and police are actively seeking the shooter.
"Officers will be armed in the area until the offender is located."
The offender has fled the scene in a vehicle and police say they have a large presence actively searching for the offender.
Coster says it was a routine stop and there was nothing to indicate that this job was out of the ordinary.
The officers were not carrying firearms
The Prime Minister and Minister of Police have issued the following statement on the shooting in Massey this morning.
“This is devastating news. Our police officers work hard everyday to keep us and our communities safe,” says Jacinda Ardern.
“To lose a Police officer is to lose someone working for all of us, but also a family member, someone’s loved one and friend. My condolences go to them and to their Police whanau."
“We are heartbroken for the family and colleagues of the officer who has died today,” says Stuart Nash.
“We want all our Police officers to get home safely at the end of every working day. This is a tragic day for our Police family.
“We have another officer injured by gun fire and a member of the public has also been injured by a fleeing offender. Our thoughts are with them.
“I have spoken to the Commissioner of Police this morning to ensure that he and his senior commanders have all the resources they need to respond. Police will provide further updates as they are able to.
“The officers’ families and colleagues also need all the support they can get. This will take a toll on them in the days and weeks ahead.
“I want to thank those who were first on the scene to help and acknowledge the health professionals who worked to treat the officers.
“In the history of New Zealand policing since 1890, 22 officers have been shot and killed on duty, most recently Senior Constable Len Snee in Napier in 2009. Since 2002, 15 officers have been wounded by firearms.
“Massey has a strong community spirit and this will be frightening for the locals caught up in this. I urge members of the public to follow instructions from Police and to keep themselves safe,” says Nash.
Coster says this is a terrible day for the New Zealand Police Force.
"This is a shocking situation, this is the worst news police and their families can receive."