One of two stolen police pistols still missing

Hori Gemmell. Photo: NZ Police
Hori Gemmell. Photo: NZ Police
A police pistol allegedly stolen by a wanted man in Gore last week is still missing.

Southern police have begun what is expected to be a weeks-long review of the incident in which a police car and two Glock pistols were stolen after a late-night traffic stop in the Southland town.

Hori Gemmell was arrested at a property in Te Tipua, near Mataura, on Friday afternoon in the wake of a drama-filled Wednesday night in Gore. It sparked a pursuit around Southland and a manhunt over almost two days.

Stuff reported Gemmell appeared in the Invercargill District Court on Saturday on two charges of reckless driving, two of theft, two of unlawful possession of a pistol and one of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

The 24-year-old was remanded until September 10, the website reported.

A second person arrested for resisting police when Gemmell was taken into custody was charged on Sunday with obstructing hindering police and was due to appear in court yesterday.

One of the pistols has been recovered but a police spokeswoman said the other remained missing.

''Inquiries are continuing in this matter and police continue to prioritise locating this pistol.''

Southern police were undertaking a ''practice, process and policy'' review after the incident which could take several weeks to complete, the spokeswoman said.

The two officers involved in the initial incident in which the patrol car and pistols were allegedly stolen are back at work.

george.block@odt.co.nz

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