Police find alleged gunman Murray Toleafoa

Last updated 16:51 12/06/2012
Murray Toleafoa
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ARRESTED: Police have arrested Murray Toleafoa after an officer was shot at in central Auckland.
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SHOOTING: Detective Inspector Scott Beard points out the bullet hole after a gunman shot at a policeman.

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The man who allegedly shot at an officer in downtown Auckland last week, leaving him with bullet grazes, has been charged with attempted murder.

Murray Toleafoa was arrested by the Armed Offenders Squad in a central Auckland supermarket car park at lunchtime today.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said he was detained without incident.

"I'm relieved that we have found the man who we allege shot at one of our officers early on Friday morning and we're now speaking with him. He was not armed at the time of his arrest," Detective Inspector Scott Beard said.

Police were also talking to two associates who were with Toleafoa at the time.

A Twitter user, @sptweets, said he saw Toleafoa arrested by plainclothes officers.

"There was another guy in cuffs on the other side of the car. Car had a flat [front right] tyre. [They were] penned in by black unmarked SUV."

Beard said six officers were involved in making the arrest, which came after police tailed the car Toleafoa was in.

He said the police had been tipped off that Toleafoa was in the car.

Yesterday a 20-year-old woman appeared in court in relation to the shooting. Nadia Ball was arrested on Sunday and charged with being party to unlawful possession of a pistol.

The incident happened on Friday when police pulled over a car on Mayoral Dr.

A bullet, fired from a pistol similar to a police Glock, from a passenger seat in the car, narrowly missed the police officer before hitting a concrete wall across the road. It left the officer with a gunshot burn to his forearm.

The car, a Toyota Altezza, was dumped in Mt Eden not long after the shooting. The pistol has not been found.

Police are still looking for the firearm.

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