Police shot at after pursuit in Whangarei, alleged offender on-the-run

Police were shot at on Tuesday morning.
Police were shot at on Tuesday morning. Photo credit: Getty / Google Maps.

A police unit was shot at in Whangārei on Tuesday morning following a pursuit and the alleged offender remains on-the-run.

According to a statement from Northland District Commander Superintendent Tony Hill, at 2:13am on Tuesday, police were conducting a checkpoint on Te Hononga Street in Otangarei, Whangārei. A vehicle with two occupants pulled in, but the male driver drove off before an officer could speak to him.

Police followed the vehicle, but when it failed to stop, a pursuit was initiated. 

"Shortly after the driver of the vehicle has fired a shot into the air, the vehicle has then stopped shortly after, and the driver has fired a number of shots at the Police unit from the vehicle," Supt Hill.

"None of the shots have hit the patrol vehicle and fortunately the officer was not injured."

The officer then called for backup and the Armed Offenders Squad was called in. 

A short time later, police located the vehicle up a driveway in Otuhiwai Crescent. 

"The vehicle involved has been located and we are continuing to investigate.

"Police acknowledge that this incident will be extremely concerning to our community and we want to assure them that we are working hard to identify and locate those involved."