Greg O’Connor is going all in as he pushes for Police to carry guns.
First up he had to create fear and used a couple of idiot journalists to milk that one with their stitch up, now he has doubled down on his bet and claimed cops are facing AK-47s, imitation Uzis, and pump action shotguns.
The Police Association president has revealed claims that Upper Hutt gunman Pera Smiler opened fire and hit a police car – narrowly missing an officer – before police shot and killed him.
Police have previously said their officers were fired on before they shot Smiler, but have always declined to give details while the incident remains under investigation by police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority.
Association president Greg O’Connor made the latest claim while releasing figures on the number of guns being seized around the country.
The association has recently abandoned its controversial call to arm all police, instead refocusing its efforts into getting a political inquiry into how criminals are getting their hands on bigger, more powerful guns.
Police and ACC figures show a drop in gun crime and injuries.
However, in the wake of two shootings in the past two days, in Hawke’s Bay and Lower Hutt, O’Connor said pump-action shotguns, imitation Uzis, and AK47s, were just some of the firearms police had seized in recent months.