A police officer was attacked by dogs set upon him by a man he was trying to arrest in the Bay of Plenty tonight.
Map showing Kaiangaroa Forest and Murupara.
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Police say an officer attempted to arrest a man in the Kaingaroa Forest township, near Murupara at 7.56pm following a short fleeing driver incident.
During the arrest attempt, the man released three of five dogs in the direction of the officer and the officer was attacked, police said in a statement.
The officer was bitten several times by one dog.
For his safety, the officer shot the dog and it has died, the statement said.
While the officer was being attacked, two of the five dogs remained in the man's car. Two of the three dogs which had been released at the officer then followed the man who left the scene on foot.
An ambulance was sent to the scene and the officer is being treated for his wounds.
More police staff arrived at the location and animal control was called.
The offender, who is known to police, is currently being sought by officers, the statement said.
The man was originally stopped by police following up on reports of a suspicious vehicle in the vicinity.
"When the man failed to comply with the constable, four dogs were set on the officer from the man’s vehicle," said Senior Sergeant Mal Collins.
"He was placed in a dangerous situation when threatened with the animals," he said.
The officer used his training and tactical options to ensure his own safety and that of the community was preserved, Mr Collins said.