10 Mar 2014

Policeman shot in New Caledonia's capital

5:27 pm on 10 March 2014

A policeman in New Caledonia has been shot in the leg as officers dealt with a car theft.

Police say the shooting occurred near Noumea in the early hours of Saturday after they caught up with a stolen car and detained one of the people in the vehicle.

The police officer, who was reportedly shot with a hunting weapon, was taken to hospital for an operation.

His life is not at risk.

An investigation is underway.