4 Apr 2012

Wounded man wants AOS officer held to account

12:10 pm on 4 April 2012

A man badly wounded during an Armed Offenders Squad operation, in which a teenager was shot dead, says the officer who shot them both should be held accountable for his actions.

Richard Neville was hit by crossfire following a dramatic chase through the streets of Auckland to catch gunman Stephen McDonald in 2009.

A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority says the overall police operation lacked effective command and control.

However, it concluded the officers were justified in shooting the offender, Stephen McDonald, who was wounded and later sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Mr Neville says investigators did not even interview him for the report.

He is now taking legal action against the police, as are the family of Halatau Naitoko, 17, who was killed in the police crossfire.

Compensation wanted

The lawyer for the family of Mr Naitoko says he is confident his clients have a strong case.

Colin Pidgeon QC says the family believes the officer in question made a bad mistake.

He says they don't want him prosecuted for that, but they do want compensation.