Dumb breeds dumber; burglary rates take an immediate dive

The family of a recidivist burglar and drug offender can’t work out why he has died.

The family of an armed man shot and killed by police during a botched burglary at New Plymouth Golf Club are looking for answers, a spokesman says.

Adam Te Rata Charles Morehu, 33, had fired a shot and threatened to kill officers responding to alarms at the club early on Saturday.

An officer fired back, killing Morehu.

Family spokesman John Niwa said the family had lost a son, father, nephew, mokopuna and friend.

“We do not understand yet the circumstances by which Adam has lost his life. How and why this has happened,” Mr Niwa said.

Morehu had been a dedicated family man, who left behind a partner and two children under 10.

Police say Morehu had a history of drug and dishonesty offending.

Let’s help them out and complete the police enquiry right here, right now. 

He tried to burgle a golf club. Police responded.  Adam Morehu fired a gun at the police, and missed.  Police fired back and were better shots. Adam Morehu died from his wounds.

His family describe him as a “family man”.  I don’t know any family men who burgle and thieve other people’s property.  No-one who does that is a family man.  They are a selfish criminal.  In this case, a criminal prepared to take the lives of good, hard working policemen and women, by shooting at them. I don;t know any family men that shoot at Police either…people who shoot at Police are targets, not family men.

What is it with rural Taranaki?

Have they removed the fluoride from the water and replaced it with a dose of idiot juice?

First Steven Wallace, a couple of years ago another guy in a shootout with police – who lost too I might add.  Now this.

The lesson is simple: Don’t shoot at the police – you come off second best.

The only questions that should be asked of the cop is why he didn’t use the full clip?

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