Police officer dead after being shot during traffic stop in Auckland
A police officer has died after two were shot and another person was hit by a fleeing car in West Auckland, in New Zealand.
Superintendent Naila Hassan, Waitematā District Commander, said the two officers were seriously injured after being shot at during a routine traffic stop on Reynella Drive, in Massey, about 10.30am on today.
A member of the public was also injured after being hit by a vehicle fleeing the scene.
Stuff understands the two police officers suffered gun shot wounds to the abdomen, and one has now died.
Police have a large presence actively searching for the offender, who remains at large.
Resident Justin Nicholas said he heard five or six gun shots in quick succession before he saw police storming up the road shortly after.
"It was pretty scary."
One witness said they saw two men in a silver Mazda Demio speeding from the scene immediately after hearing shots on Reynella Drive.
Another resident understood road workers helped the injured officers.
Six detectives and several more officers are now focusing their attention on a cordoned-off area near the corner of Reynella Drive and Ganolly Avenue.
Detectives from the Waitematā district are interviewing neighbours as officers with Bushmaster rifles stand guard.
Officers escorted a distressed young woman and a young man from the scene to a waiting police car shortly after noon. They accompanied police willingly.
Cordons are in place and schools in the area have been advised to lock down.
Hassan advised members of the public to avoid the Massey area, in particular the areas around Don Buck Road, Waimumu Road, Hewlitt Road and Triangle Road.
A number of police cars are in the area, with the Eagle helicopter also responding to the incident.
Massey High School is in lockdown as a precaution on the advice of police.
"We are unaware how long this will last. Please do not try to contact students at school. Everyone is safe in class," it wrote on its website.
A worker at Jolly Stars Early Learning Centre, on Reynella Drive, told Stuff they were in lockdown but everyone was safe.
She said she heard lots of sirens and a helicopter flying around but did not know what was happening.
A spokeswoman for St John Ambulance said it received a call at about 10.40am and staff were assisting police.
Three people were taken to hospital, one in a critical condition, one in a serious condition and one in a moderate condition.
This article originally appeared on Stuff and has been reproduced with permission.