17 Feb 2011

Shot officer says he saw attack clearly

3:21 pm on 17 February 2011

A police officer gunned down in South Auckland while on a routine night patrol says he clearly saw the man who shot him and denies reconstructing events.

Constable Jeremy Snow is giving evidence at the Auckland High Court trial of Neshanderan Rajgapaul, who is charged with attempting to murder him in December 2009.

The defence says another man is responsible for shooting the officer.

Mr Snow was shot repeatedly after going to investigate rustling in some bushes at the back of a property in Papatoetoe.

He told the jury on Thursday that there was only one individual in the backyard and his focus remained solely on him during the entire encounter.

Mr Snow says while being shot was the last thing he expected to happen, is was not something he believed happened but rather something he saw with his own eyes.

In cross-examination, defence lawyer Ron Mansfield asked whether Mr Snow had trouble adjusting his eyes between the darkness of the backyard and his moving torchlight.

Mr Snow gave an adamant "no", telling the court the gunman he believed had come to finish him off was the same man who had shot him.