News from NZ Police
Charles Davis was arrested without incident by Hutt Valley Police early this afternoon, after the Armed Offenders Squad searched an address in the eastern Hutt Valley. He had been sought by police after a man was shot at a Lower Hutt address on Friday morning, suffering wounds to his hand and scalp.
Hutt Valley acting Area Commander, Inspector Shane Cotter, says “The arrest was as a result of information received from the public. I want to thank the public for their assistance over the last few days. We are pleased to have this matter resolved so quickly. I can reassure the public that their safety is of paramount concern to police and we take this type of offending very seriously.”
Police are continuing to undertake a scene examination at the Harley Grove address. It is understood that the victim of the shooting has been discharged from hospital after surgery. Further inquires and searches will continue over the coming days in relation to this matter. It is expected that Davis will appear in the Hutt Valley District Court tomorrow morning facing charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and further charges are being considered.
News from NZ Police – August 8
Just after 1.30am this morning a 20-year-old man went to the Emergency Department at Hutt Hospital with gunshot wounds to his hand and scalp.
Hutt Valley Police responded to the address where he was alleged to have been shot and arrested a 34-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man outside the address in Harley Grove, Lower Hutt. They were charged later today in connection with this incident.
Police wish to speak to Charles Davis, the 36-year-old occupant of the Harley Grove address.
Inspector Shane Cotter, Hutt Valley Area Commander, says “This incident, while concerning, does not appear to be gang related at this stage. Police are examining the scene of the shooting to piece together exactly what has occurred and have not yet located a firearm on the property. The injuries suffered by the 20-year old male are not believed to be life-threatening and we expect him to make a full recovery after surgery today.”
“I would encourage Davis to come forward to Police as soon as possible to explain his version of events. He is required to arrest and staff are actively looking for him. Members of the public are advised that he is known to carry weapons and should not be approached.”
Anyone with any information about the incident this morning or who knows of the whereabouts of Davis should contact Hutt Valley Police on (04) 560 2600. Anonymous information can be provided to the Crimestoppers organisation on 0800 555 111.