Last week, police in New Zealand were told they could not travel alone and they had to be armed, following a violent home intrusion and abduction in Hanmer Springs, Canterbury.

On Monday night a gunman broke into the home of local businessman Andrew Cameron, pistol-whipping him and forcing him to tie up his family. A report suggests his sister-in-law was able to hide and notify the police that something was wrong. This account from makes for compelling reading, as Cameron details how the intruder forced him at gunpoint to tell the responding police officer that everything was fine – “That actually helped the situation,” he said. “I walked out the door and said ‘Oh there’s nothing wrong here’, but I’m holding the dog who is covered in blood and I’m covered in blood.”

Before back up could arrive, the intruder coerced Cameron into the family SUV and made him drive off. Cameron escaped by jumping from the moving vehicle. The intruder fired shots at him, before retreating to the SUV and driving into the night.

The vehicle was found 120km away, in a suburb of Christchurch, and the gunman is still at large. Cameron and his family are recovering after the ordeal, which left him with two black eyes, a limp and a head wound that required stitches. Police are appealing for information and believe the whole incident to be a case of mistaken identity.

From the New Zealand Herald

Police still want to hear from anyone who saw the silver 2017 Nissan X-Trail, registration KQU365, between Hanmer Springs and Christchurch from 10pm Monday and Wednesday afternoon.

“We also want to talk to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the wider Hanmer Springs area between 8.30-10pm on Monday night,” Cooper said.

If anyone has seen the SUV, or has information which might help police locate the offender or offenders, they are asked to call Christchurch Police on 03 363 7400. Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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