Police to release name of shooting victim after funeral

Police will not release the name of a man who was shot and killed in the weekend until after his funeral takes place.

The 29-year-old east Auckland man was shot after an incident in Rodney in the early hours of Saturday morning, as he approached officers wielding a machete.

"This is a very difficult time for the family, and to release his name now would cause them undue stress," police said in a statement.

"For this reason, we will be waiting until after the funeral."

Police were initially called to an incident about a man acting erratically at an address on Saturday at around 3am, but he had left before officers arrived.

He was later spotted in his vehicle on SH1, and when he was pulled over he approached and threatened an officer while wielding a machete.

As the officer called for backup, the offender got back in his car and fled. Police believe he was driving at speeds of up to 150km/h, and at times with his lights off.

When his car was spiked near Mahurangi West Rd, the driver approached officers with a machete and police then fired shots.

Police gave the man first aid and called an ambulance, but he died at the scene from his injuries.

The incident has been referred to the coroner and the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) has been notified.

Police are appealing to the public to contact them about any sightings of a white 2005 Subaru Legacy Lagoon between Silverdale and Warkworth on SH1 between 1:20am and 4am on Saturday.

Waitemata District Commander Superintendent Tusha Penny said the incident is a tragic outcome and police sympathise with the man's family.

"No police officer comes to work wanting to end up in a situation like this. Their welfare is paramount and we have steps in place to make sure they are looked after.

"Every day police staff deal with situations that are complex, dynamic and fast changing.

"Our staff have to make split second decisions, in situations where there is risk to their lives and members of the public."