By LEIGH VAN DER STOEP
Unarmed police officers were forced to throw stones at a dangerous fugitive who fired a pistol (handgun) at them.
Richard Alan Duthie (40 yrs. old) allegedly shot at two West Auckland police officers on Monday and was last night on the run. He has been wanted by police since May after failing to appear in the Rotorua High Court on drugs charges and is described as armed and dangerous.
On Monday morning, the officers stopped Duthie driving a blue Holden Commodore in Henderson. He gave the officers a false name and drove off. Police then pursued him into Swanson, where he lost control of the car and crashed into a ditch. After warning the officers he was armed, he opened fire on them.
Sources told the Sunday Star-Times the officers had no way to defend themselves. They (Police) resorted to picking…
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