1506221194451 - Masked gunman on the run nearly a week after kidnapping

Masked gunman on the run nearly a week after kidnapping

Police officers in parts of Canterbury were ordered to travel armed and in pairs following a gunpoint kidnapping.

A masked gunman ambushed Andrew Cameron and his family at their home in Hanmer Springs on Monday night in a case of mistaken identity.

The offender pistol-whipped Cameron, leaving his face bloodied, before making him tie up members of his family. He then forced Cameron to drive a silver SUV parked at the home with a pistol pointed at his neck. The ordeal ended when Cameron jumped out of the moving car and fled gunfire.

Police confirmed on Sunday they were yet to make any arrests in relation to the kidnapping.

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On Friday, Canterbury district commander Superintendent John Price said officers in parts of the region were told they could not travel alone and had to be armed in the aftermath of the incident. The directive ended when the getaway car was found on Swanns Rd, in the Christchurch suburb of Richmond, on Wednesday afternoon.

“A lot of what we do is based on our assessment of the risk and now the vehicle has been located the risk has been minimised from where it was.”

The safety of staff was “paramount”, Price said.

“We’ve still got a heightened response but that just means I’m asking our staff to be more careful than they would normally and to take due diligence around their appreciations of the environment.”

Nine people, including Cameron’s 19-year-old son and 3-month-old baby, were at the house on Hanmer Springs Rd when the gunman burst through a door.

Cameron, the owner of Amuri Jet, suffered a facial wound and two black eyes in the incident.

Police said previously they were certain the incident was a case of mistaken identity.

It was unclear how the gunman got to the scene. Others may have been involved, police said.

Anyone with information should contact Christchurch police on (03) 363 7400 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 08000 555 111.



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