Man wanted after 'shrugging off taser'

23:54, Aug 19 2014

Gore police are on the hunt for a man they say shrugged off a zap from a police taser before fleeing.

Senior sergeant Brian Benn, of Dunedin, said police were called to the intersection of Wentworth and Oxford streets in Gore just after 7pm last night following a report two men were attempting to break into a car.

On arrival police found three men at the scene.

Two of them spoke with police and said ''they were not stealing the vehicle they were fixing it''.

The third man ran off.

Police gave chase and caught the fleeing man. During the tussle a police officer discharged his taser in close contact.   

The taser was not effective and the man escaped, Benn said.

The man at large was named by police as Shayde Palmer-King, a 25-year-old shearer from Mataura. 

Anyone with information about Palmer-King's whereabouts should contact Gore police on 03 203 9300 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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