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Man at centre of Porirua siege found dead

Radio New Zealand Radio New Zealand 22/04/2016
RNZ/Adriana Weber Porirua siege

The man at the centre of a police standoff in Porirua has been found dead, police say.

Officers had been negotiating with the armed man, who had been in a house in Kokiri Crescent since 10am yesterday, after a police dog was shot and killed.

Police said officers had not fired any shots and no officers were injured during the operation.


Wellington District Commander Superintendent Sam Hoyle said the man was believed to be Pita Tekira, but he had yet to be formally identified.

"Despite all our efforts to negotiate with Mr Tekira to seek a safe end to the incident, officers this morning found him dead at the scene.

"This is certainly not the outcome that anyone wanted, and our thoughts are now with his whanau as we continue to investigate the circumstances of his death." P

olice had previously said they were looking for 29-year-old Tekira, who had breached bail conditions, in relation to the standoff.

They said he was facing charges including dishonesty, driving and violent offending, and had removed his electronic monitoring bracelet earlier this month.

Armed officer at Warspite Ave, Porirua © RNZ / Adriana Weber Armed officer at Warspite Ave, Porirua

Loud bangs could be heard at Kokiri Crescent last night, and again early this morning, but police said no gun shots had been fired and the bangs were from gas canisters being deployed into the house.

A police officer with a megaphone could last night be heard negotiating with a man, saying he was surrounded and should come out. 

A robot was sent into the house around midnight. Police said they had deployed a variety of tactical operations overnight, but the situation remained unchanged and officers were continuing to negotiate with the individual.

Officers first attended an address in Kokiri Crescent in Waitangirua to make an arrest when a gun was pulled and the dog, Gazza, was fatally shot.

Police had evacuated residents on the street, which was cordoned off. They said earlier they were looking for Pita Rangi Tekira, who had breached bail conditions and should not be approached.

They said he was facing charges including dishonesty, driving and violent offending, and had removed his electronic monitoring bracelet earlier this month.

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Kokiri St residents had been unable to get into their homes during the ordeal and around 35 slept at the nearby Te Horouta Marae.

Fiona Garvin volunteered at the marae and said they had been inundated with donations of food, clothing, and toiletries for those affected by the siege.

At a news conference on Friday afternoon, District Commander Superintendent Sam Hoyle said four officers and Gazza had initially entered a house during the execution of a search warrant when they were confronted by a man who fired a shot, killing the dog.

Only one shot was fired and, while the officers were armed, they did not return fire.

Two officers immediately removed the dog's body from the house, while another jumped to safety out of the second-storey window. He is now in a stable condition in Wellington Hospital.

Mr Hoyle said the officer who went out the window was being assessed at Wellington Hospital for possible fractures.

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