(CNN)An unarmed police officer has been shot dead while carrying out a routine traffic stop in the New Zealand city of Auckland -- the first to be killed in the line of duty in the country since 2009.
New Zealand police officer shot dead in routine traffic stop
The officer was one of two shot at after attempting to stop a car in the suburb of Massey on Friday morning, Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said at a press conference.
Police spotted the vehicle of interest on Friday, and attempted to pull it over, Coster said. But the car drove off, and police lost sight of the car, only to later find it crashed on the road.
A man got out of the car armed with a long-barreled gun and fired at police, leaving one officer dead and the other in a serious condition. The offender then got into a second car and fled with another person, Coster said.
A member of the public is being treated for minor injuries after being hit by the first car as it fled from police.
Following the incident, a manhunt was launched and schools in the immediate area were locked down. Coster said a firearm of interest has now been located and police are speaking with two people of interest. A general police arming order remains in place across Auckland.
New Zealand police generally don't carry guns. The country has a relatively low rate of gun-related crime, and incidents where police officers are killed in the line of duty are not common.