Radio Apna believes man shot dead by police in Papatoetoe Auckland this morning was a former Fiji Citizen.
The Man believed to be in his mid 40’s is understood to be formerly from Ba Fiji and has been living in New Zealand from last several years.
Counties Manukau district commander Superintendent Jill Rogers said that the incident occurred just after 1am on Monday.
Police were called to Central Ave after multiple reports of a man with a machete was launched.
Police received 13 separate calls from worried and scared residents regarding this man’s behaviour. He was reportedly using the machete to smash windows and damage cars and cut powerlines,” Rogers said.
Central Ave in Papatoetoe has been cordoned off by police following the shooting.
A police officer who arrived on scene tried to get the man to put down his weapon, but as he continued to advance on the officer he was shot dead.
The man was provided immediate medical assistance, however he died at the scene.”
Police are carrying out a scene examination and speaking with a number of witnesses.
Roger said the officer involved was being supported by welfare services and colleagues.
“This is a tragic outcome for all involved and our sympathies are with the deceased man’s family.
We will ensure that Victim Support is available to them and will support them through this difficult process.
“Every day police officers are put into complex and fast-moving situations where they have to make quick decisions in situations where there is risk to their lives and to members of the public.
“No police officer comes to work wanting to end up in a situation like this.”
Formal identification of the deceased is underway.
“We are not in a position to provide any further details on his identity until this has been completed,” Rogers said.
Police have launched two investigations into the shooting and the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) has been notified.
The matter will also be referred to the Coroner.
Auckland Transport said Central Ave, between Great South Rd and Scott Rd, was likely to be closed for most of the day.
Source: Apna News