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Police urge armed man to give himself up

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/08/2016

An armed man on the run has been told by police that he will be found and it's just a matter of when.

Police are searching for Joshua Mason Kite, 33, who allegedly fired at two police officers in Whangarei on Friday before fleeing in a stolen vehicle.

Detective Inspector Gary Lendrum says police don't know where Kite is, but they're confident of locating him.

"We will find Mr Kite, he knows that," he told journalists on Tuesday.

"I encourage him and his associates to make contact with us and come forward and we can bring this to a peaceful resolution."

Det Insp Lendurm said the focus of the search was on Auckland and Northland, but a large number of staff across the North Island were working on the case.

"We know he has extensive criminal links and we believe a number of associates are assisting him to avoid arrest."

Police arrested a 25-year-old woman at the weekend and charged her with being an accessory after the fact.

The woman is alleged to have assisted Kite to avoid arrest and has been remanded in custody.

Det Insp Lendrum described Kite as dangerous, although he offered no specific threat to the public.

"It's not as though he is intentionally looking for members of the public," he said.

"He's simply on the run from police in respect of a number of offences and he doesn't want to go back to prison.

"But anyone that carries a loaded firearm in public is obviously a danger and it's really important that we locate him before someone is seriously hurt."

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

On Sunday, police searched a property at Kaiwaka without finding him.

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