Police shoot gunman at main Auckland intersection after public threatened

The scene where the fleeing driver crashed the BMW.

2021-07-15 09:40:03

A person who was shot by police at a busy Auckland intersection this morning was threatening a member of the general public with a firearm when police took motion.

The person is in a severe however steady situation after he was shot by police on the intersection of the Nice South Street and the south jap freeway shortly earlier than 11am as we speak.

The scene where the fleeing driver crashed the BMW.

The scene the place the fleeing driver crashed the BMW.
Picture: RNZ / Kate Gregan

Police mentioned the person who was shot had earlier stolen a automobile, after which left one other motorist with accidents after stealing their automobile.

The busy intersection has closed for an investigation.

At a media convention this afternoon, police assistant commissioner Richard Chambers mentioned the incident started at about 10.45am when police have been notified of a automobile stolen in Penrose, Auckland.

Watch the media convention right here:

He mentioned the Eagle helicopter tracked the “poor, harmful” driving earlier than the automobile crashed in Ellerslie.

When police arrived the driving force was holding a firearm to the pinnacle of a member of the general public, Chambers mentioned.

Police fired a shot however the offender stole the automobile of the bystander, who was injured when the automobile rolled over their foot. Police then offered them with first support.

Police pursued the fleeing driver, who quickly crashed into one other automobile.

“As police approached … once more we noticed the offender holding a firearm to the pinnacle of a member of the general public.”

Police moved ahead and fired a shot that injured the offender. The member of the general public escaped.

Officers then gave first support to the offender, who was taken to hospital in a severe however steady situation.

“My workers have performed a outstanding job as we speak and I acknowledge the braveness they confirmed,” Chambers mentioned.

“Police workers make each effort to verify members of the general public are secure, we’re secure. At a busy place like an intersection that could be a problem however my workers have performed very nicely as we speak.”

He mentioned police have been conscious of some footage circulating.

“Can I ask that the general public please respects the investigation that’s ongoing and supply police with that footage … relatively than share it on social media.”

A person who was driving a piece van on the time mentioned he noticed a automobile driving previous him, going the flawed means.

No less than 10 police vehicles have been on the scene.

St John Ambulance mentioned they have been known as simply earlier than 11am and took the particular person with severe accidents to Auckland Hospital and one other with reasonable accidents to Middlemore Hospital.

Auckland Transport initially mentioned it was a crash simply after 11am, however then quarter-hour later mentioned it was a police subject on the crash website, and now a police investigation.

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