A taser would have helped

Stuff report:

Actor Robert Mokaraka said “I’m sorry bro” to police tending to him after he allegedly went at officers with a meat cleaver in his hand and was shot.

He was shot at about 1pm in the Auckland suburb of Pt Chevalier yesterday after a Smale St resident called 111 and said a man was acting strangely.

“They had serious concerns of violence,” said Superintendent George Fraser. “That person subsequently approached police armed with a meat cleaver and two knives.

Police feared for their safety and the actor was shot in the chest.

Ouch. Lucky to be alive.

The armed offenders squad and an officer trained with a Taser were on their way when Mokaraka advanced on police and was shot, Mr Fraser said.

I am sure Mr Mokaraka would rather have been tazered than shot in the chest.

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