A mother and her children ran for cover after a gunman opened fire on police officers with an AK-47 assault rifle following a police pursuit in New Zealand overnight.
The mother-of-four woke to gunshots fired outside her children’s window shortly after midnight on Sunday in Waikato, New Zealand’s North Island.
The incident happened when an officer saw a red Holden Commodore speeding down a road in central Morrinsville. The car failed to stop and the officer took chase.
After a short distance, the driver of the Holden stopped, got out of the car and started shooting at the officer with the semi-automatic gun, Stuff reported.
The incident happened when an officer saw a red Holden Commodore speeding down a road in central Morrinsville – the car is pictured with bullet holes in the front windscreen
The officer dived for cover before calling for backup.
When backup arrived one minute later, the police returned fire.
There were about 30 shots fired, about 15 of them hitting the front windscreen of the police car.
The gunman and his two passengers fled the scene.
One passenger was found immediately and the other was found later on Sunday morning.
The gunman remains on the run.
A mother, who phoned the police when she heard gunshots through her children’s window, recalled the horrifying moment.
‘I was told to stay low and if the kids’ bedroom was by the road we were to go and move them to a room with the least windows,’ the woman told Stuff.
She said her four young children were asleep in the Avenue Road home when they woke to the gunshots.
‘It was practically right outside from us,’ she said.
There were about 30 shots fired, about 15 of them hitting the front windscreen of the police car – officers escaped without injury
The gunman started shooting when he was pulled over on Kurunui Road in Morrinsville (pictured)
With the gunman on the run, the mother-of-four said armed police swarmed her house in search for him.
Armed police remained at the family home throughout the night.
Waikato Police Superintendent Bruce Bird urged anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the gunman, to phone the police.
‘We would urge any people in the community to be extremely vigilant. If you note anything suspicious, contact us immediately,’ he told the NZ Herald.
The gunman’s passengers, a man and a woman aged between 25 and 30, are speaking to the police.
Police believe the gunman might still be armed.
No officers were injured, nor were the two passengers. It is unknown if the gunman was injured.
Sorry we are not currently accepting comments on this article.