A Waikato police officer found himself staring down the barrel of a military assault rifle at the end of a police chase on Sunday.
Then the gunman started shooting.
The policeman dived for cover on a dark rural Morrinsville road and rang for back-up, which arrived within a minute. Then three officers found themselves being shot at.
The two back-up officers returned fire, but by Sunday afternoon, the gunman was still on the loose, potentially still armed with what’s understood to be an AK-47.
None of the officers was injured in the incident. It’s unknown if the gunman was.
Two people – a man and woman aged between 25 and 35 – who were in the red Holden Commodore with the gunman are being spoken to by police.