Police motorway shooting in Auckland
Bernard Hickey (of all people) reporting:
Last Friday afternoon I was driving my family on to the Auckland motorway junction from the Auckland CBD. My six-year-old daughter was in her child booster seat in the back seat, right behind my wife in the passenger seat next to me. We stopped at the traffic lights going on to the Southern Motorway just off Pitt Street.
It was a tight corner with just two lanes. Our car was stuck behind another car at the red lights and there was an empty lane beside us on the left. I heard police sirens and then looked in my rear vision mirror to see a grey Nissan Skyline barrelling down the road towards us followed by a stream of police cars. It had obviously been in an accident already. Its bonnet was pushed up and the driver looked like he could barely see past it.
That's right past the block where the Auckland Central Police Station is. FFS. They blocked off traffic - we can see that from TV3's pictures - and directed the offender down the streets they chose. Now he might have escaped that and headed into town, or the police directed him into the CBD - either way the handling of the pursuit is open to as much criticism as the hail of deadly police gunfire that ended it.