Police have shot an armed man in the South Island township of Motueka, whom they say pointed a firearm at them.
The dust had barely settled on yesterday’s massive manhunt in the North Island, when New Zealand police were required to deal with another armed offender this afternoon.
The man was critically injured in Wharepapa Grove, Motueka by police who opened fire on him, Nelson L!ve says he was shot in the chest. He has since been taken to Wellington Hospital. The Nelson Mail reported
Police were alerted to a wanted vehicle in the Motueka area, which was located about 3:30pm. The vehicle failed to stop and there was a short pursuit through residential streets. A man got out of the vehicle and pointed a gun at police. Officers negotiated with the man in an attempt to resolve the sitution (sic), but were unsuccessful. The man received immediate medical attention before being flown to hospital.
A full investigation into the incident has been launched and the IPCA notified…
Ryan Sim said on Facebook that he saw a gunman on Pah St and police officers with their guns drawn. “The whole town stood still, traffic was backing up due to people wanting to know what was going on,” he said.
“All I saw was a man with a gun and officers pointing their rifles back at him.”
Nelson L!ve added
Officers negotiated with the man for some time in an attempt to resolve the situation. This was unsuccessful and he was shot shortly after 4pm. He was then arrested and given immediate medical attention before being transported to hospital…
Parklands School principal Jenny Milne says there are rumours of a firearm used in the incident. “We’ve advised people to come away from the front of the school and leave it to the police. Maybe a firearm but police haven’t contacted us to lock down the school”
Motueka resident Haylee Biggs says she was at the scene after an ambulance left but there is plenty of talk about what happened on the street. “There were quite a few people on the street watching and boy was going around saying there was a gunman but didn’t see much myself.”
A day ago we wrote about Nelson and Richmond having a problem with violent crime. Motueka, where today’s shooting took place, is popular with artisans and retired folk. It is about 45 mins drive around the bay from Nelson.
This most recent shooting in Motueka follows that of 21 year old David Cerven, who was shot dead by police in an Auckland’s Myer’s Park earlier this month.
Drive By Shotgun Shooting in Moteuka in January
In January of this year Motueka was the scene of a drive-by shotgun shooting. Two shots were fired from a car at a house on Woodlands Avenue on the night of 2 January 2015. People were at home during the shooting but fortunately they escaped unharmed.
If you’re a migrant likely to make a move to any of these locations you may want to consider if you’re making a wise decision, and whether the region’s crime problems are likely to make an impact on your own life and those of your family.
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