Man surrenders after shooting New Zealand police officers

Wellington, March 10 (IANS) New Zealand Police on Thursday ended an overnight standoff with a man who allegedly shot and injured four police officers during a drugs operation.

The siege at a rural house in the Bay of Plenty, on the east of the North Island, began on Wednesday, involved light armoured vehicles and a helicopter from the New Zealand Defence Force, Xinhua news agency reported.

The police commissioner said the operation ended safely after the man surrendered near the town of Kawerau.

“Our priority was always to resolve this without further risk to police staff or the public. This development follows lengthy contact throughou the night with the individual by police the negotiator,” he stated.

“A major police investigation has commenced, which will build a full picture of what led to yesterday’s shootings which led to four police staff being injured,” he said.

Two of the injured police officers were discharged from hospital.

Another officer was in a serious but stable condition, and a fourth officer who was shot in the hand would undergo further treatment.

Police was in the area on Wednesday morning to seize illegal cannabis when the first shots were fired.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here