A man has died overnight after a police shooting incident in Papatoetoe yesterday.
Police were called to a house in Avis Avenue about 5.40pm yesterday after a shot was fired through the window of a neighbouring home.
Police, including Armed Offenders Squads and the Eagle helicopter, were deployed.
Just before 8.30pm, a man came out of the first house with a firearm and was shot by police.
He was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
This morning police confirmed the man had died.
There was a significant police presence on the residential street this morning, with officers stationed at each of the three cordons.
As well as half a dozen police cars, there was an incident command unit at the scene.
Residents were being escorted by officers to and from their properties.
Police have launched a critical incident investigation.
St John staff immediately administered advanced First Aid before the man was transported to Middlemore Hospital for surgery, where he has died.
Formal identification still needs to take place and Police will not be in a position to release the man’s name until this has been completed and all next-of-kin have been informed.
Counties Manukau District Commander Superintendent Jill Rogers says the man’s family and our Police staff are being well supported following last night’s incident.
“Serious incidents such as this are really upsetting for all involved.
As we've said before this really is a worst-case scenario for our staff who unfortunately were put into a position last night where they have had to use lethal force to ensure not only their safety but the safety of the wider community.”
“We now also have a family who have lost a loved one and so we will do what we can to ensure they are well supported along with Victim Support,” says Superintendent Rogers.
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