A police officer who was fired at five times in South Auckland early this morning has been praised for their courage.
The senior officer pulled over a white Nissan Sunny about 3.50am on Friedlanders Road in Manurewa after the driver was seen acting suspiciously.
As the officer got out of the patrol car, a passenger leaned out the window of the car and fired two shots with a sawn-off shotgun.
The car was driven off and was followed by the officer who was fired at three more times on Winsford St.
The chase was abandoned and those in the car are still being hunted.
Police this afternoon said they are seeking Patrick Dixon, 30, over the incident. He has warrants for arrest and should not be approached, police say.
He is Maori, 1.77m tall and has a tribal tattoo on his left arm and on the left side of his neck.
Some of the shots were confirmed to have hit the police car, but no one was hurt in the incident which lasted about five minutes.
Counties Manukau District Commander John Tims says he is extremely proud of the officer involved.
"These situations are among the most volatile and dangerous that our staff encounter," he said.
"I commend the officer who responded courageously to keep the community safe from these armed and dangerous offenders.
"The officer involved is doing well considering the circumstances and is being well supported by his colleagues and our welfare services."
South Auckland cop fired at five times by fugitive