Alleged getaway driver in west Auckland fatal Matthew Hunt shooting named

The woman alleged to have driven the getaway car after police constable Matthew Hunt was shot and killed in west Auckland last month can now be named.

Natalie Bracken is charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder. 

The 30-year-old's lawyer argued it would be prejudicial against her fair rights for a trial to reveal her identity, however Justice Venning lifted the interim order in the Auckland High Court on Thursday morning. 

Natalie Bracken.
Natalie Bracken. Photo credit: Police

Bracken was not present during Thursday's proceedings, but she denies all charges laid by police and will stand trial next year.

On June 19, Hunt and a colleague completed a "routine traffic stop" in Massey. While approaching the vehicle, a man got out armed with a long-barrelled firearm and fired multiple shots at the two officers.

Constable Hunt was fatally wounded and his colleague seriously injured in the leg.

The alleged offender and a second person, alleged to be Bracken, fled the scene in another car which struck a member of the public.

A manhunt was launched and schools in the area were put into lockdown as the armed offenders squad attempted to find the pair.

Later that night police apprehended a 24-year-old man who was charged with murder, attempted murder and dangerous driving causing injury.

The next day Bracken was located and arrested.