What began as an aggravated robbery in Kingsland ended with a dog bite in a Mangere cemetery.
Three men were arrested early on Sunday morning after a dramatic chase across Auckland.
Police were called to a commercial premises on New North Rd at about 4am, after reports of two men threatening staff with firearms. No one was injured during the robbery.
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The pair stole an undisclosed sum of money from the business and fled in a Silver Mitsubishi Airtrek. They then abandoned that car in favour of a black BMW. Police found the Mitsubishi close to the scene of the robbery.
A short time later, police pulled over the BMW as it headed south. One of the men shot at officers and the car drove off again.
The Police Eagle helicopter followed the offenders as they drove towards the South Western Motorway, where they shot at police a second time. Again, no one was injured.
The chase continued to Mangere, where the men abandoned the BMW and ran through a cemetery to try to escape.
Police dogs tracked them down, with a dog biting one of the fleeing men in the leg and causing him minor injuries.
Three men, aged 39, 37 and 24, were taken into custody and charged with aggravated robbery and using a firearm against a law enforcement officer.
They will appear in Auckland District Court later on Sunday.
Witnesses who saw the silver Mitsubishi or the black BMW before or during the robbery or chase are urged to contact police.
It's believed the men may have thrown items out of the BMW as they drove from Onehunga to Mangere, and police want to speak with anyone who may have located those items.
Anyone with information can call Auckland City District CIB on (09) 302 6557 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.