Police shoot gunman after pursuit at Tahuhu in Hillsborough, Auckland

Police assembled in Auckland in the suburb of Hillsborough, ambulance also on site Video / Supplies / Dean Purcell

Police shot a gunman after chasing a vehicle through several Auckland suburbs this morning.

Police shot the man – who had a shotgun – and arrested another person following an incident involving a driver that erupted in Taihu and Hillsborough this morning.

The condition of the person who shot the police is critical.

Police say a driver did not stop for officers in Taihuu shortly before 9 a.m.

The car eventually came to a stop at Lilac Grove in Hillsborough, where a man was shot dead.

Another person in the fleeing vehicle was arrested at Rendcombe Place.

Locals were informed that there is currently an increased police presence in the area, including Carlton and Frederick streets.

Police said they were not looking for anyone else in the vehicle.

One of the city’s most senior police officers, Detective Inspector Scott Beard, also arrived at the scene.

Hunting captured on video

Video footage from the chase shows a Black Holden driving through an Auckland intersection with traffic at a stop light making a quick right turn.

The rear wheels of the car can be seen coming out during the turn as three police cars follow behind.

A fourth police car then joined in the pursuit.

At least a dozen other cars driven by members of the public are pulled into the intersection as the chase ensues.

Surprised residents heard siren, police helicopter

A black station wagon stops randomly on a dead end street in Redcomb Place.

A resident of Rendcombe Pl saw police arrest a man at a dead end.

When he got out this morning after hearing the siren, he saw that the front part of his house was closed and armed police were standing nearby. Two helicopters were circling overhead.

“I heard something that sounded like firecrackers, it could have been gunshots, three of them,” Joseph told the Herald.

The police told him that the two criminals have been arrested and are no longer in danger.

Joseph saw a man sitting behind a black police car with a mask on his face. And he sat there for 15 to 20 minutes before the police vehicles came in and they all left together.

He said a large number of police officers are still present in Carlton and Frederick streets.

Joseph said he had lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and that such an incident had never happened before. He said the area is really safe and this morning’s incident was completely unexpected.

Armed police arrived at the scene in Lilac Grove, Hillsborough.  Photo / Dean Purcell
Armed police arrived at the scene in Lilac Grove, Hillsborough. Photo / Dean Purcell

A local resident said he saw police chasing a car on the road, followed by gunfire.

He assumed there were two people in the car – both wearing bandanas to cover their faces.

A black station wagon stops randomly on a dead end street in Randcom Place.  photo / supply
A black station wagon stops randomly on a dead end street in Randcom Place. photo / supplies

A man working at a nearby construction site in Hillsborough told the Herald that police were following a car.

He saw a patrol car come to an intersection and an officer exited.

When the police saw the vehicle moving, the officer drew his gun and pointed at the vehicle.

“The police had pointed their guns at the two men. I could see people drowning in their cars as they were being chased.

“There’s a fucking cop here and they’ve blocked off the road.”

Paramedics can be seen in protective vests.
Paramedics can be seen in protective vests.

A resident of the nearby Ellersley suburb said he heard gunshots around 8:55 a.m., followed by sirens and police helicopters near the intersection of Great South Road and Rockfield Road.

Another resident said he heard five gunshots and what sounded like a car chase.

A resident near the corner of Great South and Rockfield Rds said he heard three sharp gunshots and a high-speed car pass around 8:55 a.m.

“It looked like a car was going so fast, you could hear a lot of things,” the man said.

“Then over the next five minutes, there were loads of sirens, and then the police helicopter was not far behind.”

The man, who was working from home at the time, said it looked like a police discovery.

Police can be seen gathering in the Auckland suburb of Hillsborough.
Police can be seen gathering in the Auckland suburb of Hillsborough.

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