Information about a vehicle pursuit and firearms discharged by Police officers

Hugh Davenport made this Official Information request to New Zealand Police

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From: Hugh Davenport

Dear New Zealand Police,

This is a repeat of my earlier requests at and I'm hoping that this is no longer under investigation and can be released.

I would like to request the following information about a car pursuit in Manurewa, South Auckland on 31st January, as displayed on media at,, and video shown at

The information requested is:

1) How many shots were fired by the Police
2) For each shot fired by the Police,
a) Who was the officer who fired (name and/or badge number),
b) Was that officer an armed offenders squad member,
c) What was the target of the shot fired
d) Was the target hit?
e) If the target was not hit, where did the shot go?
f) What hazards existed in the firing zone?
g) When was the firearm retrieved from the weapons safe
h) Which weapons safe was the firearm retrieved from
3) For each officer involved with the shooting
a) What was the outcome of any investigation
b) Was any stand-down period applied
4) Were any firearms retrieved after the suspect was detained
5) Were any firearms seen to leave the vehicle during the pursuit
6) Were any shots fired by the suspect during the pursuit, if so, then
a) How many were directed at Police
b) How many were directed at bystanders
c) How many shots hit any human and/or animal
7) When did the pursuit start, and when did each Police vehicle join and/or leave the pursuit?
8) When were the armed offenders squad called to the pursuit?
9) At any point during the pursuit, was there any risks identified that could have suggested calling off the pursuit? For example, high speed pursuit in a built up urban zone with a large number of bystanders, the use of spikes and/or firing shots at tyres in an attempt to cause the vehicle to skid during a high speed pursuit in a built up urban zone with a large number of bystanders, the use of firearms in a build up urban zone with large number of bystanders.

Yours faithfully,

Hugh Davenport

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From: MAUNDER, Renee
New Zealand Police

Good afternoon

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Ngā mihi


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