10 Oct 2012

Man pleads guilty to shooting at policeman

11:33 am on 10 October 2012

A man who shot at a police officer in central Auckland before going on the run for a week has pleaded guilty.

The 40-year-old policeman was shot at during a traffic stop in the early hours of a weekday morning in June.

Murray Toleafoa shot at the officer as he when he tried to remove his keys from the ignition.

Although the bullet missed the officer, he suffered burns and grazing to his arm because of the close proximity.

Toleafoa was arrested after a week on the run and was charged with attempted murder.

At the High Court in Auckland on Wednesday to a lesser charge of using a firearm against a police officer which carries the same maximum sentence of 14 years in jail. The charge of attempted murder will be dropped.

Toleafoa has been remanded in custody until sentencing on 16 November.