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Police chase: Five people arrested after West Auckland pursuit

Five people have been taken into custody after a major police pursuit involving firearms unfolded across West Auckland this afternoon.

Police received a report of an firearms incident at a property on Hillside Rd in Papatoetoe around 12.30pm.

Two cars fled the scene and one was tracked by the police Eagle helicopter as it travelled on the Southern Motorway.

The car, believed to be a stolen maroon Subaru Forester, continued to speed onto the Northwestern motorway.

The driver exited the motorway at Lincoln Rd and police spiked its tyres, but the car continued to travel towards Henderson “recklessly at very high speeds”, police said.

Video footage shows a number of police vehicles stopping the driver by barricading him in on Edsel St in Henderson, near the WestCity Mall.

Two people fled the scene but were apprehended nearby. Two others were arrested by the car.

A second car identified by the Eagle helicopter was stopped in Auckland City and the driver was taken into custody.

Police said one of the officers suffered minor injuries from a police dog and is receiving treatment.

Police said charges are likely.

Rebecca Rodgers was visiting the Chemist Warehouse near WestCity Mall around 1.30pm when she said she saw police officers pulling guns out of the boot of their cars.

She said she saw a maroon-coloured, lowered Subaru Forester with tinted windows barricaded in and a police car that had been crashed into.

A car fitting that description was reported missing from Manurewa this morning, according to the 685 island model Facebook page.

A spokesperson for the page said he “felt bad” for the owner, who had already reported the stolen vehicle.

It was allegedly taken from the Manurewa Countdown carpark around 9am.

In a video posted to Facebook, Rodgers said it was “absolute chaos” in Henderson and “police are everywhere”.

Another person reported seeing multiple police cars chasing a vehicle near the Henderson Kmart.

People near Don Buck Rd and Henderson Valley Rd have also reported seeing a police chase.

Videos posted online show police cars swarming the road in front of Kmart in Henderson.

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