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Police cleared of Auckland house shooting

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/06/2017

Police have been cleared of wrongdoing after they shot a armed man who had just shot and wounded a police dog while he hid under an Auckland house.

Shane Shortcliffe - wanted by police on 25 serious drugs and firearms charges - was spotted in a car in Manurewa in April, 2015.

Shortcliffe was known to carry firearms so police armed themselves as they searched for him, a report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on Thursday says.

He was tracked by a dog handler to a basement underneath a house on Mahia Road.

The police dog was sent in and bit Shortcliffe, who then pointed a pistol at the dog and its handler.

Believing he was going to be shot, the dog handler shuffled into a firing position and fired two shots at Shortcliffe.

Shortcliffe responded with one shot, which hit the dog and caused a minor wound.

A second officer crawled under the house and both officers repeatedly called for Shortcliffe to put his gun down. When Shortcliffe pointed his pistol at the second officer the officer fired one shot at him.

About an hour later, Shortcliffe surrendered. He had gunshot wounds to his chest and upper arm and dog bite injuries to his lower body.

First aid was immediately provided and he was taken to hospital.

IPCA chairman Sir David Carruthers says police were justified in shooting Shortcliffe in the dark, low-ceilinged basement.

"Shortcliffe presented a very real risk of death or serious bodily harm to the officers," he said.

Counties-Manukau police district commander Inspector Julia Lynch says officers sometimes "encounter confronting and dangerous situations" and in this instance responded professionally and appropriately.

Shortcliffe was sentenced to 17 years in prison for firearm and drugs charges.

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