‘We’re being shot at’: Court docket hears audio from officers being gunned down by Eli Epiha

The jury was shown footage of Eli Epiha and Natalie Bracken in the moments before and after Matthew Hunt’s shooting.

2021-07-13 13:55:28

A Excessive Court docket jury has listened to recordings of police officer Matthew Hunt’s last radio communications and heard of the chaos when the younger constable was shot useless on obligation in Auckland.

The jury was shown footage of Eli Epiha and Natalie Bracken in the moments before and after Matthew Hunt’s shooting.

The jury was proven footage of Eli Epiha and Natalie Bracken within the moments earlier than and after Matthew Hunt’s capturing.
Picture: NZ Police

Eli Epiha has pleaded responsible to murdering constable Hunt and harmful driving inflicting damage, after fleeing a routine visitors cease in Massey and crashing final June.

He denies 4 pictures that hit Hunt’s colleague – officer David Goldfinch – have been tried homicide.

“We’re being shot at … we’re being shot at,” Hunt is heard saying in a police recording, adopted by silence.

Goldfinch’s phrases – “I have been shot by a gun… I have been ***ing shot… I am bleeding a bit out of my legs” – recorded on his radio, have been additionally performed to the courtroom.

Some members of the general public cried as they heard it, and the silence from Matthew Hunt’s radio, in addition to the sounds of gunfire captured on CCTV.

One witness, Reynella Drive resident Roy Dean, recalled being at dwelling along with his mom on 19 June.

He had been on the point of exit for a date when he heard screeches, shouting, then pictures exterior the home.

“I keep in mind three pictures. Simply actually distinct. I feel, straightforward, to make out that it is not a firework or a automobile muffler,” he mentioned.

Minutes later St John Ambulance officer Joanne Stewart arrived on the road.

At this time, she recalled seeing armed police, civilians and canine round her and being conscious an armed offender should still be within the space as she approached an officer mendacity on the bottom.

It was David Goldfinch, who had been shot 4 instances.

Stewart mentioned he had a graze on his hip and two “jagged” wanting puncture wounds on his leg.

Jurors have been proven footage of the accidents.

“He was calling out in ache however we managed to get him up off the ground by supporting him on both facet, onto the stretcher,” Stewart mentioned.

Slain police officer Matthew Hunt.

Matthew Hunt.
Picture: NZ Police / Fb

At hospital, paramedics averted letting Goldfinch see Hunt, who had been shot within the again, she mentioned.

St John’s Paramedic Kathryn Jackson had been attempting to revive Hunt since she obtained to Reynella Drive and took over from cops who had been performing CPR.

In an announcement she mentioned she gave him ECG, fluids and pictures of adrenaline however he was already in cardiac arrest.

He was pronounced useless at hospital.

Emergency medical technician Trent Hirst tended to a Reynella Drive resident hit by a automobile throughout the incident.

In an announcement learn by crown lawyer Brian Dickey, Hirst described discovering Muhammad Sattar acutely aware however bleeding from his head.

“Muhammad’s spouse was with him they usually knowledgeable us that Muhammad had been placing baggage into the boot of a automobile as a result of they have been occurring a household journey to Rotorua. Muhammad could not recall if he was hit by the automobile, or what occurred. However all he may keep in mind [was] that he was leaning within the boot after which being dragged away by his spouse,” he mentioned.

Detective Sergeant Corey Brown was the officer answerable for the scene.

He arrived earlier than the paramedics, when the engines of the police automobile and crashed automobile have been nonetheless working.

Brown mentioned his first precedence when he arrived was preserving life and later he needed to work out precisely what had unfolded on Reynella Drive.

“I feel it was a case of what occurred. Clearly it was going to be a critical crime so I took photographs at the moment of the final space,” he mentioned.

Images have been positioned earlier than the jury, who have been additionally instructed the place bullets, casings and harm have been discovered.

Brown mentioned bullets hit a driveway and a fence, one lodged in a gate, others hit a tree and punctured the wall of a home.

The trial is anticipated to take as much as three weeks.

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