Homicide investigation underway after fatal stabbing at Christchurch carpark

Police have launched a homicide inquiry after a person was fatally stabbed at a carpark in Christchurch early Friday morning. 

Police said officers were called to the carpark of Wycola Park in Hei Hei just before 2am. Upon arrival, officers found a man in his late 20s deceased with stab wounds. 

Detective Inspector Nicola Reeves said inquiries are ongoing to formally identify the man and advise his next of kin. 

Meanwhile, a 36-year-old man was found at the scene and taken into custody. Det Insp Reeves said he is assisting the police with their investigation in relation to an assault. 

A number of other people are also assisting police, and officers are not seeking anyone else in relation to the death at this stage, Det Insp Reeves added. 

"Police would like to reassure locals that this was an isolated incident and we do not believe there is any risk to the public," she said. 

Cordons remain in place and the public can expect to see an increased police presence in Hei Hei as officers continue their investigation. 

Homicide investigation underway after fatal stabbing at Christchurch carpark
Photo credit: Newshub.

A Newshub reporter at the scene said police are focusing their investigation on an area near the Hockey Turf at the park.

A nearby resident told Newshub he heard nothing overnight - and first became aware of the incident after hearing it on the radio. He said the area has been "pretty good these days".