25 Jun 2020

Police to observe minute's silence to mark death of Constable Matthew Hunt

6:57 pm on 25 June 2020

Police officers around the country will mark a minute's silence tomorrow morning for killed officer Constable Matthew Hunt.

Constable Matthew Dennis Hunt, who was shot and later died in Auckland.

Constable Matthew Hunt was fatally shot a week ago tomorrow. Photo: Supplied / NZ Police

The 28-year-old Waitematā police officer was fatally shot at a routine traffic stop in the Auckland suburb of Massey a week ago tomorrow.

Hunt had only been in the police for two and a half years, mostly serving in Orewa, with Waitematā District Commander Superintendent Naila Hassan describing him as "an outstanding police officer" who "passionately expressed his desire to serve his community".

The minute's silence will take place at 10.37am - the time he was killed.

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said he has ordered all police flags to fly at half-mast tomorrow, and staff to mark the minute's silence wherever they are.

Tributes will be held at the flagpole of Police National Headquarters in Wellington, and The Memorial Wall at the Police College in Porirua, where there will be a wreath laying.

A 24-year-old man, who has interim name suppression, has been charged with murder, attempted murder and dangerous driving, while a 30-year-old woman has been charged with being an accessory to Constable Hunt's alleged murder.

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