Eagle helicopter, Armed Offenders Squad deployed after shots fired in Papatoetoe, Auckland

A man is in critical condition after being shot by police in South Auckland on Thursday night.

Police were called to a property on Avis Avenue in Papatoetoe at 5:47pm after reports of a shot being fired.

Counties Manukau District Commander Superintendent Jill Rogers said the shot was fired through the window of a neighbouring house and no one was injured as a result.

"Police, including Armed Offenders Squad members and the Eagle helicopter, responded and cordons were put in place," she explained.

"At about 8:24pm the man came out of the house with a firearm and was shot by police. He has been taken to hospital in a critical condition."

Supt Rogers said a cordon will remain in place overnight and they will conduct a scene examination on Friday.

"A Critical Incident Investigation into the shooting is now underway and the IPCA will be notified."

Avis Ave in Papatoetoe, Auckland.
Avis Ave in Papatoetoe, Auckland. Photo credit: Google Maps

Earlier on Thursday evening, a local told Newshub that he and neighbours had heard "three shots fired".

"The cops have blocked off some streets around Allenby Road," he said.

Footage from the scene showed a member of the Armed Offenders Squad pulling apart boards from a neighbour's fence and entering a property.

A police dog could also be seen following an officer around the side of the property.