Police officer charged with Invercargill murder transferred to prison


The police officer charged with murder and attempted murder after Tuesday's Invercargill shooting has been discharged from hospital and transferred to prison.

He was transported to Invercargill prison late on Friday afternoon, police say.

Constable Benjamin McLean, 47, is charged with the murder of his wife and the attempted murder of a man she was with.

Verity Ann McLean died and Garry William Duggan was taken to hospital after the shooting on Otepuni Ave in Invercargill, just after 8pm on Tuesday.

Mr Duggan remains in Southland Hospital in a stable condition.

The investigation, including scene examinations, forensic analysis and witness interviews, will continue during the weekend.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said he was in Invercargill on Friday where he meet with police and also with Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt and Southland District Mayor Gary Tong.

"This is an extremely tragic event which has shocked the community, as well as Invercargill police staff," Mr Bush said.

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