Senior Constable Len Snee

Senior Constable Len Snee

7th May 2009

Senior Constable Len Snee was fatally wounded on 7 May 2009 while carrying out a routine search warrant at the home of Jan Molenaar in Napier.

Two other police officers and a member of the public were also shot and seriously wounded by Molenaar. The member of the public tried to intervene to protect the officers.

A stand-off ensued, which lasted for 51 hours. During this time Molenaar used an arsenal of weapons, mostly high powered military-style rifles and shotguns, to shoot at police and the public.

Molenaar died from a single gunshot wound to the head that the Coroner confirmed appeared to be self-inflicted.

Photograph of Senior Constable Len Snee.