An Auckland man has appeared in court charged with firing a gun at a police officer in the Bay of Plenty.
Donny Falakoa, 32, appeared in the Tauranga District Court on Thursday afternoon.
He faces one charge of using a firearm against a law enforcement officer but the police said further charges are likely.
Police said the incident occured near the Baypark roundabout late on Wednesday night.
They said they had earlier received a a complaint about 8.45pm about a vehicle on State Highway 2 near Katikati. Police said spikes were used to stop the vehicle in Tauranga, and a gun was then fired at three officers.
They said the driver then allegedly fled into a nearby lane and attempted to take vehicles at gunpoint.
Mr Falakoa has not yet entered a plea and was remanded in custody to appear again on 11 August.
Police inquiries into the incident are continuing and police said further charges are likely.