Man charged with the murder of a New Zealand police officer

(BBC) – A man has been charged with the murder of a New Zealand police officer after a shooting during a routine traffic stop.

Another officer was wounded in the incident, in Auckland, which PM Jacinda Ardern described as “devastating”.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on Friday following a manhunt and later charged with offences including murder. He is expected in court on Saturday.

Police in New Zealand do not normally carry guns, and it is rare for officers to be killed in the line of duty.

According to the police, the last incident was in May 2009, when a senior constable was shot at a house in Napier while carrying out a routine search warrant.

What happened in the shooting?

At 10:28, police saw a “vehicle of interest” in Massey, west Auckland, and attempted to stop it.

“Lights and sirens were activated and police attempted to follow the vehicle,” said Police Commissioner Andrew Coster. “However, the officers quickly lost sight of it.”

A short time later, the vehicle was found “crashed into another vehicle”. A member of the public suffered serious injuries – police originally said the injuries were not serious.

As officers approached the vehicle of interest, a man got out, armed with a “long-barrelled firearm”.

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