Dead bystander because of AOS inexperience
What a shame for the Auckland cops. Finally they act resolute to a gunman on a crime spree on Auckland’s Northwestern Motorway on January 23, 2009. The Armed Offenders Squad was called out to deal with the situation and they shot a man dead. But oops, the wrong one. Halatau Naitoko (17) had nothing to do with the shootings. Two AOS members tried to shoot Stephen Hohepa McDonald from about 7-9 metres, but discovered the real thing is very different from the training situation. They missed and one of them shot the innocent bystander dead. Missing is one thing, but then forgetting the mistake you made is just wrong. The coroner Gordon Matenga has responded concerned. He said that the factors involved show that further training is much needed and that experience really does matter. It seems that giving guns to even the best trained police officers is no guarantee for success. Heightened tension situation can screw up the aim of even the best.