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Officers shot at with pellet gun: police

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/05/2017

A man has been taken into custody after allegedly firing at police officers with a BB gun in Auckland.

Police were called to Royal Oak just after 2.30pm on Tuesday after a person was reported to be acting suspiciously around a property in Manukau Road.

Inspector Gary Davey says two officers approached the man, who suddenly pulled from a backpack what was later found to be a gas-powered steel-pellet BB gun and starting firing at them.

A third officer arriving after speaking to neighbours was hit in the chest area but saved from injury by his stab-resistant vest.

Police believe the offender fired at least six times.

One pellet shattered a police car window and another dented another car.

Insp Davey said officers tried to taser the man but this was ineffective.

They then used pepper spray and in the struggle two officers were caught in the residual spray.

The man was eventually disarmed and handcuffed, and was then found to have several knives on him.

Insp Davey said one officer was taken to get medical treatment for a cut received in the struggle and was later released.

"Our officers have done an amazing job here to disarm a dangerous offender in the most serious of circumstances," he said.

"In the space of a few moments this man has quickly pulled out a gun and shot at our staff. It is a testament to their courage that they have continued to struggle with him and disarm him."

He said the incident was on a footpath in a busy area and it was sheer luck no one was seriously injured.

A 44-year-old man is due to appear in Auckland District Court on Wednesday on a number of charges.

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