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Police officer shot dead in West Auckland shooting

Police officer shot dead in West Auckland shooting

The police officer, understood to be a male, died after he was shot in Massey, west Auckland following a routine traffic stop on Reynella Drive.

"At this stage, there is nothing to indicate this job was going to be anything out of the ordinary", Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said at a media briefing in Wellington. "We have lost a colleague and friend".

Police later said they had arrested and charged a 24-year-old man with murder.

The officers were attempting to pull over a vehicle at around 10:30 a.m. when it drove off.

"We've seen how routine incidents can be risky", Cahill said, speaking at Hastings Police Station a short time ago.

"Ending the week with a very heavy heart after the death of a New Zealand police officer", she said in a Facebook post. They said the vehicle hit a bystander, who was also injured.

He said the second officer was hospitalized with serious leg injuries, while the bystander was in a hospital with minor injuries.

"This was the type of work that our officers undertake every day to keep the public safe", Coster told reporters.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and police were not able to rule out the possibility of further charges being laid, Coster said. "Our whole organization is in a state of shock because of this event".

The fatally wounded officer was the first in New Zealand, where gun crime remains relatively rare, to be killed in the line of duty in at least a decade.

Officers in pursuit of the suspect will be armed, he said.

He says a firearm has been recovered.

Eight schools were placed into lockdown during the day, but it was later lifted.

Police Minister Stuart Nash said the officer "was a man who dedicated his career to keeping us safe".

"A member of the public has also been hit by the vehicle and has been injured".

Elaine Taniela, a local, told the NZ Herald she heard gunshots at her home, and a friend "saw a cop on the ground".

However, he said police on duty in the west Auckland suburb of Massey where the shooting took place would be issued firearms for the time being as a precaution. "A love for their community, a real desire to protect and serve", she said.

Just yesterday, New Zealand passed a second set of gun reforms prompted by the 2019 Christchurch massacre.