Police hunt for armed man in Northland

By Online News - Rereātea
  • Northland

The Armed Offenders Squad has been deployed to Kaiwaka, north of Auckland, searching for a male who shot at police and stole a car.  

He is described as being in his late 30s, up to 6ft tall with brown curly hair. He was wearing a blue t-shirt with white writing and a brown zip up hoodie. 

Earlier this morning it was reported that residents of Maungatauroto were on lockdown and surrounding areas were cordoned off. 

At around 12.43am Police attempted to stop a vehicle at Bank Street, Whangarei. The driver then fled from Police initiating a short pursuit before crashing on Kamo Road, Kamo.

The male driver left the vehicle and fired a shot at two unarmed police officers. Both officers found cover and the offender stole an unmarked patrol vehicle.

Soon after the man stopped two occupants of a vehicle near Raumanga Valley Road in Whangarei. He told them to get out and then stole their vehicle and headed South on State Highway 1.

He was then seen travelling along State Highway 12 by Police where they signalled for the vehicle to stop. It fled and was last seen near Maungaturoto. Police located the vehicle on Bikerstaffe Road in Maungaturoto shortly after.

Police are asking for members of the public to call 111 immediately if they see any suspicious behaviour or anyone fitting the description.