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Source: New Zealand Police – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Update – Police officer attacked; dog shot

Monday, 20 March 2017 – 10:52pm

Please attribute to Senior Sergeant Mal Collins, Bay of Plenty District Command Centre

Further clarification around the dog attack against an officer has become available.

Following a short fleeing driver incident tonight, an officer attempted to arrest a man in the Kaingaroa Forest township, near Murupara at 7.56pm.

During the arrest attempt, the man released three of five dogs in the direction of the officer and the officer was attacked.

The officer was bitten several times by one dog.

For his safety, the officer shot the dog and it has died.

While the officer was being attacked, two of the five dogs remained in the man’s car.

Two of the three dogs which had been released at the officer then followed the man, who left the scene on foot.

An ambulance was sent to the scene and the officer has been treated for his wounds.

More Police staff arrived at the location and animal control was called.

The offender, who is known to Police, is currently being sought by officers.

The man was originally stopped by Police following up on reports of a suspicious vehicle in the vicinity.

“When the man failed to comply with the Constable, the dogs were set on the officer from the man’s vehicle. He was placed in a dangerous situation when threatened with the animals,” says Senior Sergeant Mal Collins.

“The officer used his training and tactical options to ensure his own safety and that of the community was preserved,” he says.

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