Family take cover as shots fired at police in Morrinsville chase drama


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Waikato District Commander Superintendent Bruce Bird informs the community if they see any suspicious behaviour to call Police immediately.

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.

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The abandoned red Holden with five bullet holes in the windscreen.

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.

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The red Holden Commodore abandoned after a shootout in Morrinsville. A cluster…

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