A man faces multiple charges after a loaded gun was aimed at police officers in Auckland last night.
Police allege the man presented a cut-down rifle at the officers and pulled the trigger twice but it did not discharge as the safety catch was on.
The incident happened in Atkinson Ave, Otahuhu at around 9.35pm.
The 36-year-old is accused of two counts of using a firearm against law enforcement, along with charges for unlawful possession of ammunition, causing injuries, unlawful possession of a pistol and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.
And more charges are possible, police said.
Police were attempting to pull over a stolen vehicle when the driver jumped out and ran up to the police car, pointing the weapon and pulling the trigger before the officers could respond, police said in a statement.
The man dropped the gun after police tasered him, but he had to be tasered a second time when he tried to get inside the officers' vehicle, police said.
One of the officers was punched twice in the face as they attempted to subdue the man, according to police. He was tasered again while attempting to run away.
"Our community will be horrified by this alarming incident, which could have easily had a tragic outcome for our police officers," said Inspector Naila Hassan, the area commander for Counties Manukau West, as she praised the officers for their quick thinking.
"Our brave staff come to work every day to keep the public safe and the absolute last thing they deserve is to be threatened with a firearm."
Deputy Commissioner Districts John Tims echoed the sentiment.
"Our staff should not have to deal with these types of situations, but the reality of policing means our officers are put in dangerous situations every day," he said.
The man is expected to make an appearance in the Manukau District Court today.