Alleged gunman appears in court

VICTORIA ROBINSON
Last updated 14:36 13/06/2012
Murray Toleafoa
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CHARGED: Murray Toleafoa appearing in court last month charged with attempted murder after a police officer was shot in central Auckland.

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The man who allegedly shot at a police office in central Auckland last week, leaving him with bullet grazes, has appeared in the Auckland District Court charged with attempted murder.

Murray Toleafoa has been remanded in custody until early July.

Toleafoa was arrested by the Armed Offenders Squad around lunchtime yesterday outside a downtown supermarket.  

Detective Inspector Scott Beard earlier said he was relieved that police had found the man who had allegedly shot at an officer on Mayoral Dr during a vehicle stop on Friday morning.

The officer managed to get out of the way but suffered burns to his forearm.

Toleafoa then allegedly fled the scene. The driver of the getaway car, 20-year-old Nadia Ball, was arrested earlier this week and appeared in court charged with being party to unlawful possession of a pistol.

Through her lawyer she said she would defend the charge and was granted bail.

Police said Toleafoa was not armed when he was arrested.

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