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32-year-old arrested and charged after shooting and kidnapping in Waikanae

News from NZ Police
A 32-year-old man was in court in Porirua today, facing significant charges after yesterday’s shooting in Waikanae.

The man was charged with:

  • Unlawful possession of a firearm
  • Two charges of using a firearm against a law enforcement officer
  • Two charges of aggravated robbery
  • Two charges of discharging a firearm
  • Two charges of kidnapping
  • Commission of a crime with a firearm
  • Two charges of presenting a firearm
  • Threatening to Kill
  • Unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle

Other charges are being considered.

“As the seriousness of these charges indicate, this was an extremely distressing incident for members of the Waikanae community who were going about their day,” says Detective Inspector Eddie Sutherland.

“We continue to ensure these victims have support and ask anyone who has not yet come forward to contact us.

“We also thank the community and can reassure them we are not looking for any other suspects in relation to today’s events.”

Police request any CCTV or dash camera footage which might have captured the incident that began in Peka Peka and ended in Waikanae.

Report from RNZ
Court documents state that shortly before 8am yesterday morning the man fired a shotgun at two properties in Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast. Police say he also shot at an officer, aimed the weapon at a member of the public, and stole a number of vehicles. The 32-year-old was arrested a short time later.

He faces 15 charges including kidnapping, discharging a firearm, aggravated robbery, using a firearm against police, threatening to kill, and stealing cars.

He remained in the cells during this morning’s short hearing at Porirua District Court, and has been remanded in custody until next week. His name is suppressed for now.

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News from NZ Police – October 24
Police have arrested a man after a firearm was discharged in Waikanae this morning.

Police were alerted to reports of a firearm being discharged and a report of a firearm presented at a member of the public in Waikanae shortly after 8am.

No one was injured. Police are not seeking anyone else in relation to this incident.

We acknowledge this was a very distressing incident and we want to reassure the Waikanae community that there is no risk to their general safety.

There will be an increased Police presence in Waikanae today while staff continue to establish the circumstances.

We would like to hear from any members of the public or witnesses that may have information that could assist Police. Anyone who has information is asked to contact Police on 105 or information can be passed on anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.