Gunshots heard in Waipori Falls village early on Sunday are
under investigation by Dunedin police, who have received new
information about a vehicle linked to the incident.
Police were contacted at 2.47am on Sunday following dozens of
.22-calibre rifle shots and a shotgun blast.
Two street lamps and a fence in Waipori Falls Rd were damaged
and 45 bullet casings collected.
Police did not respond to the initial call, because no
officers were working in Mosgiel at the time and no Dunedin
staff were available.
The incident was not considered urgent, because information
at the time suggested the perpetrators had left the scene.
Police yesterday defended their lack of immediate response to
the incident, which was criticised by Waipori resident
Richard Mathias, who rang 111 to report the shots.
Dunedin area response manager Senior Sergeant Darryl Lennane
said the ''response'' by police to the call was appropriate.
All available information at the time indicated those
responsible had left the area and there was no immediate
threat to public safety, he said.
''Police staff believed that the immediate threat appeared to
have dissipated and, given the lack of additional information
at the time that would assist in locating the alleged
offenders, the caller was advised to make contact with police
again if the situation changed.''
Snr Sgt Lennane said officers had since ''followed up'' the
incident and had a ''positive line of inquiry'' relating to a
vehicle thought to have been used.
He said the reality of police work was resources regularly
needed to be prioritised and judgement calls made about where
police action was best directed.
''I'm satisfied that our staff handled the situation
appropriately, given the circumstances at the time, but
appreciate the concern it would have caused for residents and
visitors to Waipori.''
Snr Sgt Lennane said Mr Mathias did the right thing by
calling police, and anyone concerned about their safety or
that of others was encouraged to dial 111.
Mr Mathias contacted the Otago Daily Times on Sunday
because he was concerned police had not responded to his
call, particularly in the wake of the recent St Leonards