Man shot dead by police after firing at officers in Auckland named

The man shot dead by police this week in Auckland after firing at officers and injuring three has been named.

He was 55-year-old Aucklander Tex Witika, also known as Rex. Police say they are working to support the man's family "at this extremely difficult time".

Witika was killed on Monday after officers and the Armed Offenders Squad (AOS) responded to reports of a house fire and gunshots at a property in the Auckland suburb of Glen Eden. They tried to negotiate with the man, but he fired at officers. Police shots back, killing Witika.

In a statement on Thursday, Waitematā District Commander Superintendent Naila Hassan said two officers have since been released from Auckland Hospital while another remains there in a stable condition.

"Police have had an overwhelming response from our community with regards to providing us with footage of the incident and we continue to encourage anyone who was recording the incident or any activity before it occurred to upload it into the portal here.

"If you are not able to upload it here, then you can contact Police via 105 quoting file number 211129/7514.

"Our investigation is ongoing and we do not expect any further update in the coming days.

"We would like to thank our community for their support in providing us with information and footage since this incident occurred.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the courage shown by our staff who attended this tragic incident.

"Police is ensuring our officers who were shot as well as those who were involved in this incident are being provided with welfare and are being well supported by their colleagues and the wider organisation."