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Vic freeway chase after fatal shooting

AAP logoAAP 20/09/2016 Angus Livingston

A stolen van involved in a fatal police shooting dragged 30-metres of fencing the wrong way down a Melbourne freeway into oncoming traffic.

One of the three men involved says their wild police chase started because one of them was a father and they didn't want him caught.

That father - 23-year-old Kuela "Daniela" Ahokova - died after his stolen van pinned a police officer against a wall, forcing the sergeant to shoot him dead.

Joshua Iviiti, 18, appeared in the Sunshine Magistrates' Court on Tuesday facing 35 charges, including recklessly endangering life, over the alleged September 2 police chase and other burglaries.

"The main person we tried to get out was Daniela, he has got a kid," Iviiti said in his police interview.

The trio had been in an allegedly stolen ute in Tarneit when police tried to get them to pull over.

They allegedly ran instead, leading police on a wild chase, which included switching to a different stolen ute.

They ended up at a factory in Tullamarine, where they allegedly stole a van and tried to escape, before police popped the tyres.

Police allege the trio went back into the factory, split into two other vans, and tried to get out again.

Kuela Ahokova pinned a police officer against a brick wall before he was shot, while his brother Penisimani "Ben" Ahokova was allegedly driving the van Iviiti was in.

"He just wanted to get us out, so he hit the police car and took off," Iviiti said in his interview.

They drove the wrong way down the Tullamarine freeway, dragging the fencing, which was sparking as it went.

The van eventually got stuck on a median strip.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Adam Casselton opposed Iviiti's bail on the grounds his conduct was serious and he was a threat to the public.

Magistrate Mary-Anne MacCallum adjourned the hearing and remanded Iviiti in custody until September 26.

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