Man shot by police after domestic dispute in Paeroa

Man shot by police after domestic dispute in Paeroa

A 57 year old man was shot by the police after they were called to attend a domestic dispute at a housein the Karangahake Gorge near Paeroa.

The police was called to the property at around 8.28am and when the officers arrive, they notices the man armed with a machete and a garden slasher. The police shot the man in the torso as he allegedly threatened police but he continued to approach police armed with the machete. He was then shot a number of times from the front seat of the police car at "short range", according to Acting Assistant Commissioner Bruce Bird.

The police began first aid and CPR and an ambulance was called but the man died soon after wards. The police has not released the identity of the man.

"We can appreciate that this was a fast moving and traumatic event for those involved, including family members who were present. New Zealand Police extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones at this time,"said Mr Bird.

The police are continuing to investigate while the Independent Police Conduct Authority and the coroner will also conduct an investigation into the incidence.