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Gunman fatally shot after police stand-off

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/09/2015
One man is dead following an armed incident at an Upper Hutt McDonald's, as police have cordoned off the main street © SNPA / Ross Setford One man is dead following an armed incident at an Upper Hutt McDonald's, as police have cordoned off the main street

A lone gunman, who opened fire inside an Upper Hutt McDonald's with a high-powered rifle has been shot dead by police following a stand-off with uniformed officers.

A large section of the main business district has been in lockdown since a single shot was fired inside the fast food restaurant early on Tuesday afternoon.

No one was hurt during the initial exchange.

Heavily armed police charged down Main Street towards to the man, believed to be in his 20s, who was brandishing a rifle while a store attendant who worked at the Skynet City Shop opposite the McDonald's was trying to persuade him to surrender the weapon.

Police at the scene © Twitter/JohannGo Police at the scene

The woman's boss, David Loveday, was on the phone to his employee as she attempted to talk down the gunman before police arrived, and said he believed she was on the verge of doing so.

"I told her to walk inside, lock the shop. She said she was talking to him and she thought he was going to give up the gun," he told NZ Newswire.

"He told her he was trying to get into the army and was rejected because of his police record.

"She was adamant he was going to put the gun down."

Police say when they arrived at the scene the man aimed his rifle at officers, firing a single shot at a police dog, which led to one officer shooting two fatal discharges in quick succession.

Two ambulances were sent by Wellington Free and paramedics attempted to resuscitate the man, but he died shortly after.



Periscope video from the scene shows police in the Upper Hutt CBD. © twitter/@vaselysapunov Periscope video from the scene shows police in the Upper Hutt CBD.

Witness Joao Pedro told NZ Newswire he had been walking past the restaurant when people came running out and the armed man walked into the street.

The man, carrying a rifle, was standing in the street screaming shortly before he was shot twice by police, Mr Pedro said.

"He was standing there, the police comes around the corner, or the dog. I think he tries to shoot at the dog but misses and they shoot twice at his body," he said.

"He hit him once, and then he started stumbling and then fell over. The dog grabbed his leg and then he stopped moving."

The staff involved were regular frontline officers and not the armed offenders squad - although the squad had been called out, Superintendent Sam Hoyle said.

The police shooting was the fifth similar incident inside a month, Police Association president Greg O'Connor said, and it reflected that police work was becoming increasingly dangerous.

"The Police Association on behalf of its members asks how many such incidents it will take before the changing nature of the policing environment is acknowledged by authorities," he said.

Most of the man's next of kin have been contacted, police say.


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