Man jailed following shooting of police officer

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Police acknowledge the sentencing of the man who shot a Hamilton officer earlier this year.

Shannon Henry, 23, was, on Thursday, sentenced to a total of seven years and eight months in the Hamilton District Court today on charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

A Hamilton police officer was shot during a routine traffic stop on Bankwood Street just before midnight on July 9 2021.

The officer suffered serious injuries as a result and is completing ongoing treatment.

“I would like to acknowledge the huge impact this incident has had on the officer and his family,” says Superintendent Bruce Bird.

“Our frontline staff, first and foremost are family members who live in our communities and choose to step up to keep everyone safe.

“Incidents like this impact the community and all Police staff and I want to send a clear message that offenders will be held to account.

“I would like to thank the staff who have been involved in the investigation and to the officer's unit who assisted on the night,” says Bird.

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Its not a laugh

Posted on 09-12-2021 14:47 | By FRANKS

Its a bloody disgrace............

How can incidents like this...

Posted on 09-12-2021 13:34 | By morepork

... NOT change the attitude of Police towards the public? Can you blame them for starting to think that we are the "enemy"? An attack against a Police Officer is an attack against ALL of us. It should be made very clear that it will NOT be tolerated and is unacceptable. Seven years is generous, (I’d say minimum of 10) and, with good behavior, he can be out in 5 years. The message has to be strong and unequivocal. Justice has not been done, here.

7 Yrs 8 Mths

Posted on 09-12-2021 13:29 | By

Really? Attempted murder. Home in 5yrs. Unbelievable.

They must be having a laugh

Posted on 09-12-2021 12:33 | By

7 years 8 months for shooting a police officer! Earlier this year someone in Gisborne was sentenced to over 8 years for GST fraud. Now we know where the justice dept. priorities lay, they’re obviously not concerned about the safety of cops but watch out if you pinch money from the IRD.