2 Oct 2015

Auckland police shot at 'multiple times'

6:27 pm on 2 October 2015

A woman has appeared in the Waitakere District Court after a high speed chase in which police said shots were fired at them, and their patrol car hit by the car they were pursuing.

Chloe Coleen Ross and a man were arrested after the incident on Summerland Drive in Ranui late last night.

Ms Ross, 24, has been charged with firearm possession, using a firearm against an officer and discharging a firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Police said the 25-year-old man has been charged with several firearm charges, driving recklessly and while disqualified, and failing to stop for police.

He is in hospital with dog bite injuries and will appear in court at a later date.

Ms Ross was remanded in custody and will reappear on Monday morning.

And a 25-year-old man has been charged with firing a gun with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, unlawfully posessing a firearm, and driving offences.

The incident started during a routine police checkpoint in Te Atatu Road about 11.15pm yesterday.

Police at the scene of the incident.

Investigators search the West Auckland home where a man hid after shooting at police. Photo: RNZ / Mohamed Hassan

Police say a car with two occupants approached the checkpoint, but then did a U-turn and drove off at speed.

The car failed to stop and a pursuit began. Police claim a 23-year-old female passenger then shot at them out of the windows before the vehicle took off and she shot at them again.

The pursuit continued and a short time later, on Summerland Drive, the car collided with a pursuing police car.

When the car crashed, the driver got out, and police say he shot at officers with a sawn-off shotgun, before both fled on foot.

Around half an hour later, officers arrested a 23-year-old woman they say was attempting to leave the cordoned area in a taxi.

Officers continued the search for the man and two hours later he was found, still armed, hiding under a car in a shed, on a residential property in Munroe Road.

A police dog was used in the arrest. The man has some dog bite injuries and is in North Shore Hospital under police guard.

"We brought this to a conclusion without anyone being injured, seriously injured, particularly members of the public and police, so that's a real credit to my staff," said Superintendent Bill Searle.

A neighbour said he and his siblings were awoken by the sound of police dogs barking.

"About 2am yeah heard a dog barking and yeah a cop was telling it to settle down. It was a shot that woke me up and I was like 'something must be going down eh'."