Gunman Joshua Kite evading capture four days on

Joshua Kite, 33, is considered armed and dangerous.
Joshua Kite, 33, is considered armed and dangerous.

Gunman Joshua Kite is still evading police four days after he allegedly shot at two unarmed officers in Northland.

Police have released updated photos of Kite, 33, to aid in his capture.

Kite has been on the run since August 26 when a firearms incident in Whangarei sparked a large-scale police operation involving the Armed Offenders Squad, dog handlers and officers from four police districts.

Police allege he shot at two officers in Whangarei and stole their unmarked car before pulling over another vehicle and ordering the occupants to get out.

It is alleged he then ditched that car in Maungaturoto and was later sighted in Kaiwaka.

Maungaturoto went into lock-down on Friday and cordons were put in place after the vehicle was found abandoned on Bickerstaffe Rd. The cordons were later removed after Kite was spotted in Kaiwaka.

Last night, police swooped on a house north of Kaiwaka, executing a search warrant, but did not find any sign of him.

The two officers that Kite allegedly shot at are back at work and being supported by colleagues, Police said.

Detective Inspector Kevin Burke said Police are throwing everything at trying to locate Kite who is being treated as armed and dangerous.

"We do know Mr Kite has extensive links across the North Island and we believe he may be trying to use those contacts to help him evade Police.

"At this stage we are continuing to focus on the Northland and greater Auckland areas, and want to advise anyone who may be helping Mr Kite that assisting someone to evade Police is a crime in itself.

"We want to thank the community for their ongoing support and information provided to us in relation to the search for Mr Kite."

Call Police on 111 or anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have any information.

- NZ Herald

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