Police have named a man shot and killed by officers in West Auckland this week.
He was Tex “Rex” Witika, of Auckland. He was 55.
Witika allegedly shot at police officers who arrived shortly before 8.30am on Monday after residents on the street reported a house on fire and sounds of explosions and gunshots.
Three officers were injured – one seriously – as a result and were taken to hospital. Police returned fire and a man was pronounced dead at the scene later.
In a video posted on Facebook, three police officers armed with firearms can be seen running towards the property, one taking cover behind a small truck and another behind a police car further up the road.
The house on Danube Lane in Glen Eden, West Auckland, yesterday. Photo / Dean Purcell
A member of the public can be seen running away to safety as someone can be heard saying: “Get inside, get inside!”
Police have urged members of the public who took video footage of the incident – including neighbours who went live on Facebook during the ordeal – to delete it from social media websites and hand it to authorities.
The incident came hours after another officer was seriously injured after being struck by a fleeing vehicle in nearby suburb New Lynn.
Emergency services were sent to Great North Road late on Sunday night after the officer was allegedly run over by the vehicle while attempting to lay down road spikes to stop it.
Police later said the officer suffered serious injuries and required surgery.
Earlier this week, a police spokeswoman said despite the situation, the officer was in good spirits.