Man arrested after shooting at police in Rotorua

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A man has been arrested after shooting at a police vehicle. Photo credit: Getty

Police have arrested one person following a firearms incident on Te Ngae Road in Owhata, a suburb of Rotorua.

Police had been following a vehicle, believed to be stolen, at around 5:35pm on Sunday. 

A man exited the car and fired at police, hitting the patrol car, says Acting Rotorua Area Commander, Inspector Brendon Keenan.

A person sustained moderate injuries during the incident. 

The alleged offender then threatened a bystander and stole their vehicle, before stopping at another address further down Te Ngae Road and taking a second vehicle.

The car was pursued by police and was spiked, stopping on State Highway 30 near Okatina Road.

A firearm has been recovered and the alleged offender has been taken into custody.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.


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