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


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.


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.


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

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