No clear motive as police continue hunt for shooter

Detectives involved in the investigation into shots fired at a police vehicle in Te Araroa earlier this month have so far been unable to establish a motive for the attack.

Blasts from a shotgun were fired at the Te Araroa police officer’s vehicle on the night of August 2, while the officer and his family were nearby in their home.

“The motive for the attack remains unclear and we need help from the community to identify the person responsible,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Kevin Ford.

“We believe there are people who will know the identity of the shooter and I would encourage them to contact us directly or, alternatively, provide that information anonymously via the crimestoppers number.”

A person carrying a firearm was seen to run from the scene shortly after the shooting.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ford said the Te Araroa police officer was hard-working, well liked and an integral part of the tight-knit community.

The officer’s police vehicle sustained damage to panels and two shattered windows as a result of two separate blasts from a shotgun.

“The officer and his family left the address that night and have not returned to the community since.”

Other police officers have been stationed in the township on a temporary basis.

Members of the Te Araroa and Hicks Bay communities met last week to express disgust over the incident and in support of police.

Tairawhiti area rural response manager Senior Sergeant Maui Aben has thanked members of the Te Araroa and Hicks Bay communities on behalf of the Te Araroa policeman and his family, for the support and sympathy offered since the incident.

“The policeman and his family are receiving support and at this stage it is unlikely they will return to Te Araroa.”

Senior Sergeant Aben said there were community plans to hold another public meeting in the area shortly.

“Police remained committed to providing a service in the area and this is something that will be discussed with the community.

“The ability for police to be able to respond quickly to all types of incidents, including family harm episodes, is vital in a small community like Te Araroa,” he said,

“The activities of the misguided person who fired the shots, whoever they might be, should not be accepted or tolerated by any right-minded member of the community.”

Detectives involved in the investigation into shots fired at a police vehicle in Te Araroa earlier this month have so far been unable to establish a motive for the attack.

Blasts from a shotgun were fired at the Te Araroa police officer’s vehicle on the night of August 2, while the officer and his family were nearby in their home.

“The motive for the attack remains unclear and we need help from the community to identify the person responsible,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Kevin Ford.

“We believe there are people who will know the identity of the shooter and I would encourage them to contact us directly or, alternatively, provide that information anonymously via the crimestoppers number.”

A person carrying a firearm was seen to run from the scene shortly after the shooting.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ford said the Te Araroa police officer was hard-working, well liked and an integral part of the tight-knit community.

The officer’s police vehicle sustained damage to panels and two shattered windows as a result of two separate blasts from a shotgun.

“The officer and his family left the address that night and have not returned to the community since.”

Other police officers have been stationed in the township on a temporary basis.

Members of the Te Araroa and Hicks Bay communities met last week to express disgust over the incident and in support of police.

Tairawhiti area rural response manager Senior Sergeant Maui Aben has thanked members of the Te Araroa and Hicks Bay communities on behalf of the Te Araroa policeman and his family, for the support and sympathy offered since the incident.

“The policeman and his family are receiving support and at this stage it is unlikely they will return to Te Araroa.”

Senior Sergeant Aben said there were community plans to hold another public meeting in the area shortly.

“Police remained committed to providing a service in the area and this is something that will be discussed with the community.

“The ability for police to be able to respond quickly to all types of incidents, including family harm episodes, is vital in a small community like Te Araroa,” he said,

“The activities of the misguided person who fired the shots, whoever they might be, should not be accepted or tolerated by any right-minded member of the community.”

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