Man killed by police in Whanganui

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Police were called to a 'family harm incident' (file)

The man killed by police in Whanganui following a domestic violence incident has been named.

Savey Kevin Sous, 32, died in hospital from injuries sustained after police shot him when he allegedly pointed a shotgun towards officers.

He was known to the police, and had  a long criminal and family violence history. 

Police say the incident began when they were called to what they describe as 'family harm incident' in Aramoho just after 7pm on Friday night.

When police arrived at the Mitchell Street property they were confronted by Sous, who was with a woman who had visible injuries.

When officers approached Mr Sous to arrest him he told the officers to step back, pulled out a concealed, loaded sawn-off shot gun and pointed it at the unarmed officers.

Police say they then withdrew and setup cordons in the area, and the armed offenders squad (AOS) was called.

After this, Sous then pointed the gun at police, and was shot three times by an AOS member.

He was taken to hospital in a critical condition, but later died.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has been notified and Sous’ death has been referred to the Coroner.

The victim of the original 111 call is receiving assistance from Police and Victim Support, and is also being supported by family members.

The officers involved are also being supported and appropriate welfare is being organised for them.

Cordons around the property have been lifted, but a scene guard will remain in place until scene examinations are completed.