A man who sparked a massive manhunt across Auckland after
shooting at a police officer has been sentenced to eight
years in prison.
Murray Toleafoa, 30, was arrested by armed police in a
dramatic scene outside a central Auckland supermarket carpark
Days earlier he had fired at a constable who stopped his car
on Mayoral Drive in Auckland's CBD near the central police
Toleafoa's girlfriend Nadia Ball, 20, was also in the car.
He leaned past her from the passenger seat and used a pistol
to shoot at the constable. The bullet passed so close it
caused burns to the skin on his forearm.
Toleafoa and Ball then fled, their car found abandoned in Mt
Eden later that day.
He pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm at a police
officer and was sentenced in the High Court at Auckland this
- By Anna Leask of the New Zealand Herald