Young woman is arrested over the killing of a police officer who was shot during a shooting rampage in New Zealand
- A 30-year-old woman has been taken into custody after a fatal police shooting
- New Zealand police allege Natalie Bracken was an accessory after the fact
- She was arrested ‘without incident’ at an address in West Auckland on Saturday
A young woman has been arrested in connection to the killing of a police officer during a shooting rampage.
Constable Matthew Hunt, 28, was gunned down during a routine traffic stop in Auckland, New Zealand, on Friday morning.
A 24-year-old man has been charged with murder.
Police have now arrested Natalie Bracken, 30, who they allege was an accessory after the fact to the murder.
She was taken into police custody on Saturday afternoon and is expected to appear in Waitākere District Court on Monday morning.
Police allege Natalie Bracken (pictured), 30, was an accessory after the fact in the fatal shooting of Auckland Constable Matthew Hunt
Constable Matthew Dennis Hunt was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop in Massey, west Auckland, on Friday morning
The incident occurred in the Auckland suburb of Massey, 17km west of the city’s CBD, on Friday morning
Constable Hunt was killed and another was shot in the leg after they tried to pull over a vehicle for routine traffic in the Massey area.
Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said the two officers initially lost sight of the vehicle but later found it had crashed.
When they approached the scene, a man with a ‘long-barrelled firearm’ began shooting at the unarmed officers.
The shooter and the female accomplice, who police believe is Bracken, then fled the area in another vehicle.
As the pair allegedly made their getaway, the vehicle then struck an innocent bystander who is now recovering in hospital.
A 24-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Constable Hunt and appeared via video-link at the Waitākere District Court on Saturday.
The alleged killer was granted an interim name suppression and cannot be identified under New Zealand law.
Armed police are seen on Friday morning in Massey (pictured), west of Auckland, where one officer was shot dead and another seriously injured during a traffic stop
Armed police are seen standing guard on Friday morning (pictured)
Bracken was taken into custody ‘without incident’ after she was found at a West Auckland address at about 3pm.
She is scheduled to go before court on Monday.
‘Our police officers work hard every day to keep us and our communities safe,’ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
‘To lose a police officer is to lose someone working for all of us, but also a family member, someone’s loved one and friend.
‘My condolences go to them and to their police whanau,’ she added using the Maori word for family.
Following the shocking incident, all police officers across Auckland were given orders to remain armed.
But with both suspects now in custody, the temporary carrying of firearms is no longer in place.
Pictured: Flowers are placed outside Henderson Police Station in Auckland on Saturday
Mourners leave floral tributes for Constable Hunt in Auckland on Saturday morning
‘No words exist to ease your loss, your pain and your suffering,’ a tribute to the victim’s family reads