Person shot dead during standoff with police in Tauranga

A person has been shot dead by police during a standoff in Tauranga.

Police tried to stop a car at 7:46pm on Carmichael Road in relation to an ongoing double-homicide inquiry.

The car didn't stop and the people inside started firing shots at police before fleeing through the CBD. 

"The vehicle then stopped and an occupant continued to discharge the firearm. 
Police returned fire and in the exchange the offender was fatally wounded."

The Armed Offenders Squad is in attendance and there is no further risk to the public.

Road closures are in place around the harbour bridge.

State Highway 2 going south is closed between Cambridge Rd and Fifteen Ave. Takitimu Dr is also closed.

NZTA is advising there are delays and motorists are asked to use an alternative route.

Police said they were investigating the recent double-homicide in Omanawa when they tried to stop the car.

Police launched a homicide inquiry on Tuesday night after the death of two people at a Omanawa property.

Officers were called to the scene after reports of gunshots. Two people were found dead at the scene.