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Bay of Plenty District Commander Superintendent Andy McGregor said police staff involved have been deeply affected by this incident.
East Coast police say they're concerned at the number of weapons they're finding while investigating gang-related shootings in Ruatoria and Taradale.
A man who tried to shoot at police and was prevented from firing by the gun's safety catch has been sentenced to three years in jail.
Armed police will descend on Hawke's Bay and East Coast streets after escalating gang violence.
Suicide callouts increased 10 per cent in the past year; Police Association president Chris Cahill says the figures are 'pretty disturbing'.
He is recognised for his service to NZ Police, including as a member and leader of the Hawke's Bay Armed Offenders Squad.
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