Concerns about shooting investigation
Complaints about the police investigation into the shooting of a man by officers during a dramatic armed manhunt are yet to be resolved.
In February 2011, William Robert Hartley, 30, of Otaki, barricaded himself into a bedroom and pointed a .44 rifle at officers who burst in.
One of the officers shot Hartley in the hand and forearm.
He was on the run for 10 days after assaulting his partner in Levin and was last year found guilty by a Palmerston North jury and jailed for four years on two charges of using a firearm against a police officer.
"The constant pain he suffers is a reminder of the folly of his actions," Hartley's lawyer Michael Bott said at the High Court sentencing.
An Independent Police Conduct Authority probe into the shooting found the officer was justified in firing at Hartley.
"His firearm was found to be loaded with eight rounds, including one in the breach, and cocked," the authority report said of Hartley's weapon.
Outside court last year Mr Bott raised concerns about officers giving evidence that because there was to be an investigation into their actions, they were not to make notebook entries about what happened.
Mr Bott also said police instructed ESR scene examiners only to look at certain things, so no independent examination was undertaken.
This week an authority spokeswoman said: "Mr Bott has raised some concerns with the authority about the police investigation.
"The authority has referred these concerns to police to consider. Police will respond directly to Mr Bott and will notify the authority of the outcome."
Mr Bott is yet to hear anything back and a police spokeswoman said the matter was "still with" police.
Hartley met with the Parole Board last month but was not granted an early release from prison.
He was due to finish a rehabilitation programme last month and his behaviour in prison has been good.
The Parole Board will next see Hartley in November.
He is now undertaking more prison programmes and could be considered for a "release to work" position.
The board noted that Hartley has medical difficulties, including a head injury he suffered in a car crash in which his sister was killed.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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