Siege ends indeath
It was two days Porirua will never forget.
On Friday morning police were carrying out a routine search warrant in Waitangirua when things went wrong.
A police dog named Gazza was shot and killed and an officer injured after he leapt out of a second-storey window a of Kokiri Cres house.
It was the beginning of a siege that continued until Saturday morning.
The gunman, believed to be Pita Tekira, barricaded himself into an upstairs room as the injured policeman was helicoptered to Wellington Hospital.
Armed police swarmed into the street and its residents, as well as some in Warspite Ave, were evacuated.
A resident of Kokiri Cres said he had seen Tekira around the area and believed the man had been living in the neighbourhood since the start of the year.
Tekira, a convicted aggravated robber, was facing 11 charges, including for dishonesty, driving and violence.
Police had been hunting for him after he removed his electronic monitoring bracelet.
Wellington District commander Superintendent Sam Hoyle said the injured officer jumped out the window to escape the gunman.
The officer sustained several fractures as leaping for his life after Gazza was shot.
Worried parents waited at the police cordons to collect their children from kohanga.
Staff at Waitangirua Health Centre locked themselves into their building.
Porirua resident Tana Lisale said he heard yelling between police and the suspect.
He said he heard the suspect shouting, ‘‘Don’t do anything to my kids’’ and asking for a phone and cigarettes.
A policeman said Tekira was communicating and had spoken with his family by telephone.
The siege continued into the night as police negotiated with Tekira.
People evacuated from their homes were welcomed into Horouta marae and donations flooded in from the Porirua community.
The police last heard from Tekira just before midnight.
They fired gas canisters into the house where he was holed up
On Saturday morning they gained access to the ground floor of the house and used a remote camera to confirm Tekira’s body was in a room above.
He was alone and there was a gun present.
At midday, police confirmed the siege was over.
Stunned residents were evacuated from the area around the house in Kokiri Cres where an armed man was barricaded. Photo: ROSS GIBLIN