Police justified in Motueka shooting - IPCA

2:24 pm on 25 July 2017

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found an officer was justified in shooting a man in Motueka two years ago.

The scene of the police shooting in Motueka.

The scene of the police shooting in Motueka. Photo: RNZ / Tracy Neal

The authority said the officer who shot and injured Ford Hurunui after a pursuit in 2015 believed the man posed an immediate threat of grievous bodily harm or death.

Authority chairman Judge David Carruthers said the officer tried to avoid a lethal outcome by giving Hurinui the opportunity to surrender.

Tasman District Commander Superintendent Mike Johnson said the policeman acted to keep himself and the community safe when a shotgun was pointed at him.

Hurinui was sent to jail for five years and nine months after being convicted of using a firearm against police and intent to injure.