Alleged gunman knew woman found dead in Hawke's Bay

Alleged gunman knew woman found dead in Hawke's Bay

An alleged gunman shot by police in Hawke's Bay remains in serious condition as an investigation continues into a possibly linked discovery of a woman's body.

The woman was found dead at a house in Napier by police yesterday after reports of a man seen carrying a firearm and driving south out of the city at about 9pm.

That sparked a police chase and road blocks were set up across the area.

The 28-year-old man, who was allegedly shooting at police during the chase, was eventually stopped in Clive.

Police have declined to name him or provide any details about the woman, but said the pair were known to each other.

After allegedly threatening police, there was an exchange of fire and the man was wounded at about 11pm.

He was given immediate medical attention and taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital, where his condition stabilised and remained serious this afternoon, police said.

Superintendent Sandra Venables said police had recovered a gun at the scene and no one else was being sought over the incident.

She said the Independent Police Conduct Authority was investigating the shooting.

A section of State Highway 2 through Clive, where the man was arrested, has now reopened following a scene investigation by police.

Forensic specialists and investigators were also at the Westshore house where the woman's body was found.

A post mortem is expected to be carried out on Wednesday.

Police are calling for any witnesses to the events to come forward, and are asking for any sightings of a dark red Toyota Corolla being driven by a man on Monday night.

NZN