23 Dec 2009

Another man sought over shooting of police officer

11:03 am on 23 December 2009

Police in Auckland are continuing to hunt for a man after the shooting of a police officer in Papatoetoe.

Constable Jeremy Snow, 28, was shot three times and wounded in the legs and elbow just after 4am on Tuesday. He is in intensive care in Middlemore hospital after eight hours of surgery.

A man, 28, is charged with attempted murder.

Superintendent Mike Bush told Morning Report that officers are talking to two people about the incident and are still trying to track down another man.

The Police Association says it was the seventh shooting of a police officer in 18 months.

President Greg O'Connor says current firearms policies are not working and a debate is needed.

He says gun control also needs to be looked at, in order to get illegal weapons off the streets.

Police Minister Judith Collins says she is very concerned about what she calls a growing disrespect for the law from a small minority in New Zealand.

She told Morning Report the police represent the rule of law in this country and it is important to give them due respect.

Mayor surprised

Manukau Mayor Len Brown says the shooting is out of character for the area as Papatoetoe has been a relatively crime free community on the whole. He says it was a surprise.