Canterbury police ordered to routinely arm themselves

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All frontline cops in Canterbury ordered to arm themselves – whats going on?

Police have been told to arm up after a shoot-out with a suspect in residential Christchurch, with a second man still being sought.

Public concerned that it could be a sign of things to come?

Police update after police shooting in Christchurch – 33-year-old Christchurch man was shot twice in the lower body after a shootout with police on Tuesday evening.

A decision to arm all frontline officers in Canterbury after a street shoot-out has prompted concerns about a potential “blanket arming” of police.

While New Zealand prides itself on having an unarmed police force, one insider says frontline Kiwi officers have more access to high-powered weapons than Australian police.

Canterbury district commander Superintendent John Price made thearming directive on Tuesday night after police traded shots witha 33-year-old man who allegedly opened fire with a shotgun after a pursuit that evening.Officers shot the man twice and he remains in hospital. A second person is being sought also.


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