Police officer killed, another ‘seriously injured’ in NZ shooting

LATEST @ 2.00 PM | New Zealand Police have confirmed that one of their officers has passed away after being shot during a routine traffic stop in Auckland today.

“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm that one of our colleagues injured in the incident in Massey today has died,” Commissioner Andrew Coster said.

“This is devastating news and absolutely the worst thing for us to deal with. We have lost a colleague and friend in our Police whānau.”


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The tragic incident unfolded around 10.30am local time in West Auckland, when two officers were shot when they pulled over a vehicle in Massey.

Commissioner Coster said there was nothing to indicate that the job was going to be “anything out of the ordinary”.

“From the information we have this was a routine traffic stop and is the type of work our officers do every day to keep the public safe,” he said.

A bystander was also hit by the vehicle as it fled the scene and remains in hospital with minor injuries, while the other police officer who was shot is undergoing treatment for “serious injuries”.

A major manhunt is continuing to locate the shooter, who remains at large at this stage.

“While efforts to locate the offender are ongoing staff in Tāmaki Makaurau will be armed,” Commissioner Coster said.

“Our priority is to support our officers and to locate this alleged offender as soon as possible.”

He said this horrific incident points to the “real risks our officers face on the streets, doing their jobs, every day.”

“Staff safety and welfare are our absolute priority and our whole organisation is in a state of shock after these horrific events,” he said.

“Our thoughts are with the officer’s family and loved ones, and with the other officer and member of the public who were injured in the same incident and their loved ones.”

EARLIER @ 11.15 AM: One of two New Zealand police officers seriously injured after being shot in Auckland has reportedly died.

The terrifying incident unfolded around 10.30am local time in West Auckland.

It’s understood the officers were performing a routine traffic stop in Massey when they were shot by an armed person in a vehicle.

“Two officers have been shot and have been seriously injured,” Superintendent Naila Hassan Waitematā District Commander confirmed.

According to New Zealand media, one of the officers has sadly passed away as a result of the injuries sustained.

A bystander was also hit by the vehicle as it fled the scene, although their condition is not known at this stage.

A major manhunt is now underway with the shooter still at large.

“Cordons are in place and schools in the immediate area have been advised to lockdown,” Superintendant Hassan said.

“Police advise all members of the public to avoid the Massey area, in particular the areas around Don Buck Road, Waimumu Road, Hewlitt Road and Triangle Road.”

Massey High School is one of the educational facilities currently in lockdown based on advice from police.

“We are unaware how long this will last. Please do not try to contact students at school. Everyone is safe in class,” the school wrote in a statement on its website.

EARLIER @ 10.20 AM: A MAJOR incident is unfolding in Auckland this morning, with two New Zealand police officers seriously injured in a shooting.

It’s understood the officers were performing a routine traffic stop in Massey, West Auckland, around 10.30am local time when they were shot.

“Two officers have been shot and have been seriously injured,” Superintendent Naila Hassan Waitematā District Commander confirmed.

A member of the public was also hit by the same vehicle and has been injured, although their condition is not known at this stage.

The shooter then fled the scene in the vehicle with a major manhunt now underway.

“Further information will be released once it becomes available,” Superintendant Hassan said.

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