By RNZ.co.nz. Republished with permission
A person has been shot by police after a pursuit in Auckland.
Police said officers shot an armed offender and the person is in a serious condition in hospital.
Armed police and paramedics were deployed to the scene.
In a statement, police said a driver in a suspicious vehicle failed to stop in Ōtāhuhu and then stopped in Lilac Grove, Hillsborough.
At that point, police said an armed person was shot and a second person – who was also in the vehicle – was arrested.
Earlier, a woman who works in the area said she could also hear a helicopter above the area.
An RNZ employee said the police Eagle helicopter and the Westpac helicopter were hovering over Hillsborough.
Hillsborough resident Jordan Harris said it was an intense situation with a lot of armed police on the street.
“I’ve never seen a helicopter so low around here before – he was over above the water and the noise was almost deafening while he was that low.
“They were talking about him trying to land or getting the Westpac choppers to land for an extraction so that was all pretty nailbiting.”
St John said two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a manager were at the scene, treating and transporting the injured person to hospital. Another person who was in the vehicle was treated at the scene for minor injuries.