Police shot at short range from car

  • 11/06/2016
Police shot at short range from car

A police officer who shot a man dead near Paeroa fired at short range from the front seat of a patrol car, police say.

The police, the Independent Police Conduct Authority and the coroner are all investigating yesterday's death.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Bruce Bird told reporters yesterday the officer who shot the 57-year-old man had "absolutely" made the right decision.

Today he said a post-mortem examination had been completed and police had met with the man's family to brief them on it.

Mike Taylor's partner has told media he had thrown a slasher over the top of the police car, smashed a passenger window with a machete and then walked away. He was shot in the back when he had his hands up, his partner alleges.

The shooting occurred on the couple's property on County Rd, in the Karangahake Gorge, just after 8:30am.

Mr Bird said the man approached police armed with a machete and a number of shots were fired from the front seat of the patrol car at short range.

The man then moved back from the officers, away from the patrol car, where he attempted to follow police instructions but collapsed from his injuries.

Once the situation was secure, police immediately gave first aid and CPR.

"We can appreciate that this was a fast-moving and traumatic event for those involved, including family members who were present," Mr Bird said.

"New Zealand Police extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones at this time."

Police had been called to the address in relation to a domestic incident. They had visited the property a number of times before.

A 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy related to the woman were also at the address when yesterday's incident happened, but were not hurt.