Alleged police shooter back in court

Murray Toleafoa was at large for five days. Photo / Supplied
Murray Toleafoa was at large for five days. Photo / Supplied

Alleged cop shooter Murray Toleafoa made a brief reappearance in court today.

Toleafoa, 30, is charged with attempted murder and unlawful use of a firearm after allegedly shooting at but not hitting a police officer who stopped the car he was in on Mayoral Drive in central Auckland early on June 8.

The bullet passed close enough to leave burns on the officer's forearms.

Toleafoa was arrested after more than four days on the run and the woman who was allegedly driving the car, Toleafoa's 20-year-old girlfriend Nadia Ball.

She was also arrested and charged with unlawful posession of a pistol.

Toleafoa was remanded in custody when he appeared briefly before Judge thomas Everitt in Auckland District Court today.

Police prosecutor Simon Moore, SC, applied for and was granted a 14-day extension to file his submissions to the court.

He said there was still a "great deal'' of work that needed to be undertaken for the police case.

Toleafoa was remanded in custody until his next appearance next month.

His lawyer, Ron Mansfield, has previously indicated he will defend the attempted murder charge.

Toleafoa's car was stopped after reports of suspicious behaviour on Queen St near Karangahape Rd.

The couple allegedly dumped the vehicle and evaded police, sparking a manhunt that included alerts to border security.

Toleafoa was arrested in dramatic fashion by members of the armed offenders squad in a supermarket carpark hours after the Herald published hundreds of wanted posters at points of sale around the city.

Ball appeared briefly in Auckland District Court on Monday and shew as further remanded on bail to reappear on August 15 for a plea inquiry.

- APNZ

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