Alleged armed offender still on the run

Rollie Heke is wanted by police in connection to a shooting in Morrinsville on Sunday. Photo: NZ Police.

The search for an “armed and dangerous” man with links to Tauranga continues, three days after he allegedly fired on police in Morrinsville.

Detective Inspector Graham Pitkethley says police, including members of the Armed Offenders Squad, are continuing their search for Rollie James Heke.

Police want to speak to the 36-year-old following the firearms incident in Morrinsville on Sunday.

“We repeat our message to the public that he is believed to be armed and dangerous, and should not be approached,” says Graham.

“Anyone who is providing him with assistance is warned that they potentially face prosecution if they are helping him to avoid arrest.

“We urge Rollie Heke to surrender to Police, and not to implicate his family and associates.

Overnight, a search warrant was conducted at a Morrinsville address and the occupants are assisting police with the enquiry.

“We appreciate the information already supplied to Police by the public.”

In addition to the search for Rollie Heke, an investigation into Sunday's incident continues.

“Police staff throughout the country are assisting the enquiry team.”

People with relevant information are asked to contact their nearest police station.

Alternatively, information can be left anonymously via the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 line.


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