A police officer shot a man, leaving him a paraplegic, because the man told him the whisky bottle concealed in his jacket was a gun.
But David Andrew Taite, 49, of Opotiki, said that was "a load of bullshit" when he interrupted legal proceedings in Napier District Court yesterday.
Taite is defending two charges of threatening to kill, two charges of presenting an object like a firearm, and dangerous driving.
Police were called to Otane just after midnight on October 20 after sightings of Taite, who was wanted on other charges.
Two Hastings police officers, who have permanent name suppression and were referred to as officers P and Q, pulled over a car in which Taite was a passenger on State Highway 2.
Prosecutor Clayton Walker said Taite became agitated, and gave a fake name. Taite then got out of the car, allegedly with his hand in his jacket pocket pointing an object, thought to be a gun, at officer Q.
"He said he had a gun and that he was going to shoot her," Mr Walker said.
Officer P got out of the car and both officers told Taite to take his hand out of his jacket.
He allegedly kept advancing towards officer P, who retreated behind the patrol car. The whole time, Taite had the whisky bottle pointed at the officer.
Mr Walker said officer P felt that he had no option but to shoot Taite.
Taite was hit in the torso and fell to the ground. He continued threatening the officer, claiming he had a grenade with him. Officer P got close enough to Taite, and subdued him by striking him in the face with his foot.
The officers restrained Taite and gave him assistance while they waited for an ambulance to arrive.
Taite's injuries left him a paraplegic. He kept interrupting proceedings yesterday, claiming the prosecution's opening was "bullshit".
Judge Brooke Gibson warned Taite he would be put in custody for the duration of the hearing if he kept interrupting.
Before the hearing, Taite pleaded guilty to two burglaries, unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and one charge of dangerous driving.
The court hearing continues today.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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