A person of interest in an Auckland homicide case has fled from police, prompting a high-speed car chase in Northland.
Waitematā District crime manager Detective Inspector John Sutton said police located a man believed to be involved in the death of Benjamin Kimball-James Mcintosh while investigating a residential address in Dargaville, two hours north of Auckland.
Mcintosh, 37, was found in a critical condition on Glendale Road in Glen Eden, Auckland at 8:20am on Friday.
He was taken to Auckland Hospital and underwent surgery but later died from his injuries.
Dect Insp Sutton said while police were carrying out their routine investigation a vehicle arrived at the scene but quickly fled once they saw the police.
Police pursued the vehicle as it travelled recklessly at high speeds for about 15 minutes.
Dect Insp Sutton said there were multiple attempts to spike the vehicle which were eventually successful, and subsequently, the vehicle slowed down on River Road.
Police were then able to bring the vehicle to a stop on State Highway 14.
Both the fleeing vehicle and the police vehicle have been damaged as a result and a firearm was located in the fleeing vehicle.
Dect Insp Sutton said two people, a man and a woman, who were both wanted for questioning in relation to the homicide investigation, are now assisting police with their investigation.
The investigation is still ongoing, those with information can call 105 and quote file number 220603/1941, or information can be provided anonymously through crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.