Shots have been fired at a police car during an early morning pursuit in Whangārei – the second time Northland police have been shot at in three weeks.
Superintendent Tony Hill, Northland district commander, said police were conducting a checkpoint on Te Hononga St, Otarangei, when the incident unfolded.
A vehicle with two occupants pulled into the checkpoint at 2.13am on Tuesday but the male driver drove off before police could speak with him, Hill said.
A pursuit began after the vehicle did not stop when it was followed.
Hill said the driver fired a shot into the air “shortly after”, then stopped and fired a number of shots at police from his vehicle.
None of the shots hit the patrol vehicle and the officer inside was not injured.
The armed offenders squad was called in after the officer called for backup.
The vehicle was found up a driveway in nearby Otuhiwai Cres and Hill said police were continuing to investigate.