'Killers get less than that' – mother of Bay of Plenty siege gunman upset at sentence after son jailed for shooting at cops


The man who shot at police officers in the Bay of Plenty has been sentenced to preventive detention at the High Court in Tauranga.

Rhys Warren was sentenced to preventive detention at the Tauranga High Court.
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Rhys Warren was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder, one count of wounding with intent to cause bodily harm and one count of using a firearm against a police officer in March this year.

Rhys Warren, accused of attempted murder, says he should have been safe inside his grandmother's home.

Rhys Warren.

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Warren was arrested after a 22 hour siege in Kawerau, after allegedly firing shots at a cannabis spotter plane in March, 2016.

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During his trial Warren, who represented himself, told the court he had no idea who he was shooting at when he opened fire at armed officers.

The Armed Offenders Squad was deployed and the officers were shot once inside the house, and another who was keeping watch on the property.

After the trial Police Detective Inspector Mark Foster said "it's really a miracle that we didn't have two police officers killed on that day".

Outside court his mother expressed upset at the length of his sentence.

"Killers get less than that, he never killed anyone," she said, indicating they would appeal the sentence. 

Three of the four officers involved read impact statements and spoke at length of the horror having to relive the incident and being cross examined by Warren.

Sergeant Logan Marsh says he "won't be forgiven".

Crown Prosecutor, Anna Pollet, told the court Warren has a "high to very high risk of reoffending" and his future is in his hands once he leaves prison.

Justice Timothy Brewer told Warren there was "a significant degree of premeditation".

"You armed yourself and waited to see what would happen.

"You decided you were going to shoot at police in your house", he says.

Warren objected throughout proceedings and was asked whether he wanted to listen or be removed, he left before his sentence.

The public gallery was packed with police officers and Warren's family.

Warren will spend at least ten years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

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