Police survive 'alarming' firearm incident in Ōtāhuhu

Police officers survived being shot at during an incident in Ōtāhuhu on Wednesday night.

As two officers attempted to pull over a stolen vehicle, the driver got out, ran up to the police car and allegedly attempted to shoot the officers.

"Fortunately the firearm did not discharge as the safety catch was on," a police spokesperson says.

"Facing immediate danger, one of the police officers involved discharged their Taser at the alleged offender, causing him to drop the firearm."

But the threat didn't end there. The offender then allegedly tried to get back into the police vehicle and was Tasered a second time.

"The male resisted arrest and allegedly punched one of the police officers in the face twice," the police spokesperson says.

"The male has attempted to flee the scene and the second officer deployed their Taser, which was effective in subduing the male."

An inspection of the firearm showed it was loaded and cocked.

Counties Manukau West Area Commander Inspector Naila Hassan says it was an extremely distressing incident for the staff involved.

"Our community will be horrified by this alarming incident, which could have easily had a tragic outcome for our police officers," she says.

"Our brave staff come to work every day to keep the public safe and the absolute last thing they deserve is to be threatened with a firearm."

A 36-year-old male has been arrested and will appear in the Manukau District Court on Thursday.