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Man on run could have help, say police

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/08/2016

An "armed and dangerous" man on the run could be trying to use his extensive links across the North Island to help him avoid being found, police say.

Police are searching for Joshua Mason Kite, 33, who allegedly crashed his car and fired at two chasing police officers in the Whangarei suburb of Kensington on Friday before fleeing in a stolen vehicle.

Detective Inspector Kevin Burke says police are throwing everything at trying to locate Kite, who is being treated as armed and dangerous.

"We do know Mr Kite has extensive links across the North Island and we believe he may be trying to use those contacts to help him evade police," he said on Monday.

"At this stage, we are continuing to focus on the Northland and greater Auckland areas."

Det Insp Burke said helping someone to evade police was a crime in itself.

He said the two officers fired at were back at work and had been receiving support from colleagues.

As per police policy, frontline officers in Northland and greater Auckland were carrying firearms as a safety precaution while the investigation was ongoing, he said.

Kite, who is wanted on a parole recall warrant, is described as about 1.83m tall and having brown curly hair.

He was wearing a blue t-shirt with white writing and a brown zip-up hoodie.

On Sunday, police searched a property at Kaiwaka and cleared the property without finding Kite.

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