29 Oct 2020

Northland police carry firearms after shooting at police

From First Up, 5:53 am on 29 October 2020

Northland police are temporarily carrying firearms after a series of violent incidents, including two gunmen shooting at an officer. The men emerged from a grey car on a stretch of State Highway 11 at about 4.13am on Tuesday, and fired at the female police officer. The random attack near Puketona Junction left her shaken but uninjured, and her windscreen peppered with holes. Police are looking into possible links to a kidnapping on the same night in Waipapa - a short distance north - involving a grey Nissan Skyline car. That car was set alight about 20 kilometres inland from the shooting scene Half An Hour after the officer was shot at, while the male victim was found in Matauri Bay. No arrests have been made. Two dairies in Moerewa and Paihia were also ram raided with stolen cars on Monday night, but there doesn't appear to be any link to the shooting. Joining Nathan Rarere to discuss this concerning series of incidents is the Mayor the Far North District John Carter.