9 Feb 2014

Driver to sue over police shooting

12:12 pm on 9 February 2014

A truck driver who was injured while police chased a gunman on an Auckland motorway five years ago has taken his fight for compensation to the High Court.

During the pursuit in January 2009, teenager Halatau Naitoko was mistakenly shot and killed by officers. His family has received $225,000 in compensation from the police.

Truck driver Richard Neville was hit by lead, copper and glass as police were shooting at the gunman on the North-Western Motorway.

His lawyer, Nicholas Taylor, said Mr Neville had only ever received a small amount of money for damage to his truck, despite injuries still affecting him today.

He said they have tried to settle directly with police but feel they have been ignored and the only option they have left is to sue the Crown for compensation.