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Hawke's Bay AOS shooting justified: IPCA

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/06/2017

The armed offenders squad was justified in shooting a Hawke's Bay man who shot and killed his former partner, the police watchdog has found.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority, in its report released on Thursday, said police took all reasonable steps responding to shooting and followed correct policy and procedure when Chazz Hall shot his ex partner Victoria Foster in Napier in October 2015 .

The police officers were justified in shooting Hall as he attempted to flee and were in danger of being shot themselves, IPCA chairman Judge Sir David Carruthers says.

The IPCA report says police received a call from Hall's relative saying he'd shot Ms Foster and that he was going to shoot police and himself.

Hall fled from police, with a shotgun pointing out the window, and over the next half-hour he fired three shots as police tried to stop him at road blocks.

With his car tyres shredded down to the rims, Hall eventually stopped in Clive, where he was surrounded by AOS officers.

Ordered to get out of his car, Hall disappeared from sight and returned pointing his shotgun directly at officers. One officer fired five shots into Hall's car, three of them hitting him.

Officers provided prompt and effective first aid to Hall after he was shot, Sir David said.

Police, in responding to the findings, say it was a fast moving and highly dangerous situation both for staff the public.

"I commend the armed offenders squad and other police staff involved who responded professionally and appropriately to the situation which was presented to them that night," Inspector Tania Kura said.

Hall, who pleaded guilty to murder, was earlier this year jailed for at least 15-and-a-half years.

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