Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Man sentenced over police shooting

NZ Police has acknowledged the sentencing of the man who shot a Hamilton officer earlier this year, saying the incident continued to have a “huge impact” on the injured officer and his family.

Shannon Henry, 23, was sentenced to a total of seven years and eight months in the Hamilton District Court on charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

Mr Henry was charged after a Hamilton police officer was shot during a routine traffic stop on Bankwood Road just before midnight on 9 July this year.

“The officer suffered serious injuries as a result and is completing ongoing treatment,” Waikato District Commander, Superintendent Bruce Bird said.

“I would like to acknowledge the huge impact this incident has had on the officer and his family.

“Our frontline staff, first and foremost are family members who live in our communities and choose to step up to keep everyone safe.

“Incidents like this impact the community and all Police staff and I want to send a clear message that offenders will be held to account.

“I would like to thank the staff who have been involved in the investigation and to the officer’s unit who assisted on the night,” Supt Bird said.

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