Gunman admits shooting at police officer

GUILTY: Murray Toleafoa shot at a policeman in central Auckland in June.
GUILTY: Murray Toleafoa shot at a policeman in central Auckland in June.

A man who shot at a police officer leaving him with bullet grazes has pleaded guilty this morning. 

Murray Toleafoa admitted charges of using a firearm against a police constable at the High Court in Auckland.

A charge of attempted murder will be dropped, the court heard.  

Justice Mark Woolford issued Toleafoa with a first strike warning and remanded him in custody until sentencing on November 16.

Toleafoa shot at the policeman after the car he was a passenger in was pulled over on Mayoral Dr on June 1. 

He fired the pistol, similar to a police Glock, which narrowly missed the officer before hitting a concrete wall across the road.

The officer sustained a gunshot burn to his forearm.

Toleafoa was arrested more than a week later at a central city supermarket along with two associates.

The 20-year-old woman allegedly driving the car when the shooting occurred, Nadia Bell, is facing a charge of being party to unlawful possession of a pistol.

Auckland Now