Man with ma­chete shot dead

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - MATT STE­WART AND KATARINAWILLIAMS

Po­lice are de­fend­ing the ac­tions of an of­fi­cer who shot and killed a man in Porirua who was ap­proach­ing with a ma­chete.

The 44-year-old man was shot once in the shoul­der about 12.30am Sun­day and died in an am­bu­lance on his way to Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal.

Welling­ton act­ing dis­trict com­man­der Su­per­in­ten­dent Steve Ke­hoe said the male of­fi­cer fired the fa­tal shot on Mana Es­planade. The of­fi­cer was re­ceiv­ing sup­port.

The in­ci­dent started in Waikanae, about 90 min­utes be­fore the shoot­ing. Po­lice re­sponded to a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent. Af­ter of­fi­cers ar­rived, the man left the scene by car, head­ing south.

He was spot­ted by po­lice, shortly be­fore the shoot­ing. Ke­hoe said the man ap­proached the po­lice car with a ma­chete in hand and threat­ened an of­fi­cer, be­fore be­ing shot. When asked why a Taser was not used, Ke­hoe said that ques­tion would form part of mul­ti­ple in­quiries, in­clud­ing one by the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Con­duct Author­ity.

As well as the ma­chete, an air ri­fle was found in the man’s ve­hi­cle.

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