Police investigation into firearm incident

Police are investigating an incident in Whakatāne on January 17th 2017 at approximately 8pm, in which a man and his son were threatened with a firearm.

The man and his young child were driving along Lord Cobham Drive in Whakatāne when they were cut off by a silver car and forced to stop.

Three men, wearing bandannas across their faces, got out of the silver car and approached the victims, who remained seated in their car.

A fourth man remained in the silver car.

The offenders proceeded to accuse the victim of being a Mongrel Mob member and put a sawn-off shotgun to the side of his neck and cocked the trigger.

At this stage the victim’s young child understandably became upset.

He told the child to close his eyes as he thought he was going to be shot in the head and he didn’t want his child to see that.

The offender with the shotgun then pulled the trigger, the gun went ‘click’ but did not fire.

The group then walked back to the silver car laughing and drove away.

This is was an incredibly distressing event for the victims and Police are determined to find the men responsible and hold them accountable.

We are working closely with the two victims and providing them with the support they need.

Police believe the man was mistakenly identified as a gang member and for that reason are concerned that the offenders involved in this incident could have gone on to stop other vehicles that night.

If people have experienced something similar to the incident described above, potentially witnessed such an event or have other information which may help our investigation, we ask that they contact us.

This incident occurred on the same day that Police were responding to tensions between rival gangs during a funeral procession through the wider Whakatāne area.

We want to reassure members of the public that we have arrested and charged more than 20 people in relation to the events that day, and are focused on trying to ensure people in the Whakatāne community are safe, and feel safe.

People with information in relation to this event can ring Whakatāne Police on 07 308 5255 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

We encourage anyone who observes any incident which puts people at risk to ring 111 immediately.

18 thoughts on “Police investigation into firearm incident

  1. I will immediately take hold of your rss as I can not find your email subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service.

    Do you have any? Please let me realize in order that I may just subscribe.


  2. Hi there would you mind letting me know which hosting
    company you’re using? I’ve loaded your blog
    in 3 different browsers and I must say this blog loads a
    lot quicker then most. Can you recommend a good hosting provider at a reasonable
    price? Cheers, I appreciate it!

  3. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article
    author for your site. You have some really great articles and I believe I would be a
    good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off,
    I’d absolutely love to write some articles for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.

    Please blast me an email if interested. Many thanks!

  4. Hi there, I do think your blog could be having web browser compatibility problems.
    Whenever I look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in Internet Explorer, it’s
    got some overlapping issues. I just wanted to give you a
    quick heads up! Besides that, fantastic blog!

  5. I absolutely love your blog and find most of your post’s
    to be exactly I’m looking for. Does one offer guest writers to write content for yourself?
    I wouldn’t mind writing a post or elaborating on a number of the subjects you write related to here.
    Again, awesome site!

  6. Appreciating the persistence you put into your site and in depth information you present.
    It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same
    outdated rehashed material. Wonderful read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to
    my Google account.

  7. You really make it seem really easy along with your presentation but
    I find this matter to be really something which I
    feel I would by no means understand. It seems too
    complicated and extremely broad for me. I’m having a look ahead for your next put
    up, I’ll attempt to get the cling of it!

  8. Simply desire to say your article is as amazing. The clarity in your post is just
    cool and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject.
    Fine with your permission let me to grab your feed to keep
    updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and
    please continue the gratifying work.

  9. I blog often and I genuinely thank you for your information. Your
    article has truly peaked my interest. I’m going to book mark your blog and keep checking for
    new details about once a week. I opted in for your Feed as well.

  10. Hi this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use
    WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code
    with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding expertise so I wanted to get guidance
    from someone with experience. Any help would be
    greatly appreciated!

  11. Excellent items from you, man. I’ve take into account your stuff previous to and you’re just too wonderful.
    I really like what you have obtained here, certainly like what you’re stating and the best way in which you are saying it.
    You are making it enjoyable and you continue to
    care for to stay it sensible. I cant wait to learn far
    more from you. That is really a wonderful web site.

  12. This is really fascinating, You are a very skilled blogger.

    I have joined your feed and stay up for looking for extra of your excellent post.

    Additionally, I have shared your web site in my social networks

  13. Have you ever thought about writing an ebook or guest authoring on other sites?
    I have a blog centered on the same information you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information.
    I know my viewers would enjoy your work. If you are even remotely interested,
    feel free to send me an e mail.

  14. I enjoy what you guys are up too. This sort of clever work and
    coverage! Keep up the awesome works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to my personal blogroll.
    plenty of fish natalielise

  15. Thanks for the auspicious writeup. It in truth used to
    be a entertainment account it. Glance complex to more introduced agreeable from you!
    By the way, how can we keep up a correspondence?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.