Police officer shot at in Northland, hunt underway for alleged offenders

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The incident closed part of State Highway 11 in Northland (file photo).


The incident closed part of State Highway 11 in Northland (file photo).

The windscreen of a police car was shattered after two men opened fire at a Northland officer in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The incident took place on State Highway 11 near the Puketona Junction with SH10 around 4.15am when a car pulled out in front of the police car and stopped in the middle of the road.

Before the officer was able to get out of the car, two men got out of their car and opened fire at the officer, Northland District Commander Superintendent Tony Hill said.

“The officer has immediately retreated but one shot was fired at the vehicle which has damaged the windscreen,” Hill said.

“Thankfully, our officer was not harmed, and they have quickly left the scene and called for backup.”

The offenders got away and a team is currently working to locate them and the car they believe to be involved in the “extremely serious incident”.

Hill said it was a “huge relief” the officer was not injured but the incident showed how unpredictable and dangerous the job could be.

“It is completely unacceptable that someone would shoot at a police officer in this way, and we are very lucky that they were not seriously injured or worse.

“We will be making every effort to locate these offenders and hold them to account.”

Hill said people needed to remember police officers had families they left behind when they went to work.

“They do this to keep our communities safe and the last thing they deserve is to be shot at.”

The incident closed a section of SH11 from Puketona Junction to Haruru until just after 8am.

Before it reopened, a staff member at a nearby cafe said motorists were not being let down Puketona Rd/SH11.

No police had been in to speak to them as of 7.40am, she said.

The staff member said she had seen police in the area around 5am stopping traffic but that job had been handed over to traffic control workers.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Kerikeri Police on 105.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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