Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021

Man shot by police in Papatoetoe after firing gun through neighbour’s window

A Papatoetoe resident says he heard police yelling at a gunman to put his weapon down, moments before two shots rang out and he dropped to the ground.

The gunman, who police say had earlier shot at neighbour house, was critically injured and is now in hospital fighting for his life.

Counties Manukau District Commander Superintendent Jill Rogers said police were called to an Avis Avenue property at 5.46pm after a shot was fired through the window of a neighbouring house – no one was injured though.

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

Nearly two and a half hours later a man with a gun emerged from the house where the shot had been fired.

Rogers said he had a gun and was shot by police.

A local resident told the Herald he heard shots being fired.

“I went outside and police (were) yelling to put the gun down and then two shots and they took the guy down.”

A NewstalkZB listener said he heard three gunshots and saw an ambulance arrive, and later leave, the property.

Rogers said the man has been taken to hospital in a critical condition.

A large number of residents were stuck outside of the cordon and unable to access their homes throughout the armed incident. However, it’s understood some people are now being let back in.

Rogers said a cordon will remain in place overnight and a scene examination will begin tomorrow.

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

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