A man has been shot dead following a high speed chase on Auckland's Northwestern Motorway.
The police chase started after a vehicle was stolen in west Auckland shortly after 1pm and travelled through to the central city, with more than 20 police cars involved.
The offender, believed to be a Maori or Polynesian male in his mid 20's, fired shots sporadically in the direction of the chasing police and up above at the Police Eagle Helicopter throughout the incident.
Police say they are conducting a full investigation into the incident and will release further information on Friday afternoon.
Chase through Auckland suburbs
The police chase started on Glengarry Road in Glen Eden. The offender then sped down Konini Road, Kaurilands Rd and onto Glendale Road where he stopped at a residential address where shots where reportedly fired.
The offender approached the house but then decamped on foot, heading towards New Lynn.
He is reported to have ended up at a house on Pine Street in New Lynn where he got into Grey Nissan Skyline.
He reportedly drove erratically through several suburbs including Sandringham, Ponsonby and Grey Lynn, before heading onto the Northwestern Motorway.
Once on the Northwestern heading west, the offender pulled off into the emergency lane, jumped the motorway barrier and onto the northbound lane.
Police caught up with the man after he ditched the second car.
The Northwestern Motorway was closed, both ways at St Lukes and
Pt Chevalier, but re-opened west bound just before 6pm.
The incident is causing major traffic problems heading into the holiday weekend in Auckland. For up to date images from the motorways, click on the links below:
Police say that the North Western Motorway has been closed, both ways at St Lukes and Pt Chevalier. Also, City bound at Newton Rd, Port link and Sh1/SH16 interchange, are closed.
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