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A New Zealand police officer was killed in a shooting accident

Selava Omar – Xeber24.net

British newspaper “The Guardian” reported that one officer was killed and another wounded in Okland a New Zealand shooting accident

Where the New Zealand police are searching a suspect who is still at large after the shooting

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said the death of the officer was “absolutely devastating … This is a shocking situation, this is the worst news police and their families can receive,” he told a press conference on Friday.

The officer is the first to be killed in the line of duty in New Zealand since 2009.

The second officer was shot in the leg and was taken to hospital with serious injuries but was in a stable condition. A member of the public had minor injuries.

Coster said the “fast-moving, unpredictable and absolutely tragic event” began at 10.28am when a vehicle of interest was seen by police and the officers attempted to initiate routine traffic stop. The car sped off and when officers found it again a man carrying a “long-barrelled firearm emerged” and fired shots, hitting both officers.

The gunman then got into a second car with another person and fled the scene. Officers were speaking to two “persons of interest” who are assisting in the investigation. Coster said he could not comment on whether there were gang connections involved.

The hunt for the offender was continuing and local police would be armed while the operation continued, Coster said.

It is worth that he has previously killed 32 officers in New Zealand due to criminal activity at work since 1890, according to the New Zealand Police website. There were four other deaths of officers in this century.

Armed violence in New Zealand is rare, but the terrorist attack in March 2019, in which a gunman killed 51 people in two mosques in Christchurch, led to two rounds of reform of the Firearms Act – his second pass Thursday evening. The law paves the way for registering a rifle and warning system to show whether the license holder is a suitable and appropriate person.

Auckland, with a population of about 1.7 million, is the largest city in New Zealand.

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