IPCA needs to mandate better shooting and empty magazines

The IPCA has found the cops were justified in shooting a ratbag who took a hammer and knife to his missus…unfortunately he survived after being Glocked.

Perhaps the IPCA should come out with a recommendation that Police attend more training so they can shoot better and require they empty the magazine at the target.

Police were justified in shooting a man who attacked his pregnant partner with a hammer and a knife, an independent inquiry has found.

Ruka Hemopo, 47, survived being shot by police with a Glock pistol and a Taser stun gun during a domestic incident in the Porirua suburb of Waitangirua on May 2. 

The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) today cleared the officers involved, finding they were justified in using force to stop the attack.

Police were called to a house on Penguin Grove about 5.30am by a woman who reported her pregnant sister was being attacked with a hammer.

They arrived to find the victim’s sister, who had fled the house, standing outside with what looked like a knife cut to her arm.

The severity of her injuries confirmed police’s decision to enter the house immediately.

Two officers drew their weapons and approached the house while a third officer waited outside with the sister.

Both officers called out for Hemopo to show himself, but he remained in a bedroom and yelled out: “Get f***ed.”

The officers then forced open the bedroom door to find Hemopo clutching a knife, with his pregnant partner crouching beneath him.

Fearing he would stab his partner, the officers opened fire simultaneously with a Taser and a Glock pistol.

I would have shelved the taser…not much use in that situation, 9mm holes work faster.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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