Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021

Manhunt for accused police shooter in Mount Maunganui

Police are searching for a man who allegedly shot at police this morning in Mount Maunganui.

The driver, believed to be 31 year old man Aren Curtis, was driving a black-coloured Audi and failed to stop for police on Truman Ave around 3am.

Curtis has multiple warrants for arrest for failing to appear in court.

The vehicle was stopped by road spikes on Seaspray Drive, the driver escaped on foot, allegedly firing a shot at pursuing police.

No one was injured as a result.

A nearby resident said they were at the Caltex petrol station at 3 am and saw a vehicle rush past.

“The two front tires were flat, no rubber, just rims, being chased. I think they or he ditched the car in Seaspray drive, on the run from something.”

He said it could have been a skyline, but wasn’t sure.

“The black tail lights were distinctive as you don’t see them often.”

A person on Matavai Street said there are multiple police officers and emergency vehicles in the area.

“We counted ten of them at 5.30am when taking hubby to mahi, there’s a ambo [sic] and two wagons parked up at Bayfair carpark.”

Cordons have been removed and there is an increased Police presence in the area.

Anyone who can assist can call 111 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting event number P045870211.

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