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Man shot by police is charged

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/02/2017

A 24-year-old man shot in the face by police in Christchurch after he allegedly presented a firearm is in custody and is heading to court.

The man, who was a passenger in a car police officers had approached on foot, has been charged with pointing a firearm at police and he'll appear in Christchurch District Court on Monday.

He was released from hospital after being treated for a facial wound from the police shooting.

The driver, a 37-year-old man, has been charged with possession of drug utensils and will appear in Christchurch District Court on Friday. He wasn't injured.

Acting Canterbury District Commander, Superintendent Lane Todd, said investigations by the Independent Police Complaints Authority and police are under way, and an independent investigation will look at policies and procedures followed.

"Everything I know of the event at this time leads me to conclude that they've acted appropriately, professionally and in accordance with our policy," Supt Lane said of the police officers involved.

The shooting happened after police responded to reported suspicious behaviour on the corner of St Marks Street and St Lukes Street in Woolston about 2am on Saturday.

While patrolling in the area they located a suspicious vehicle with two occupants. When they walked up to it the passenger presented a firearm and police fired shots at him.

It was too early to say how many shots were fired by police, Supt Lane said.

The man has minor-to-moderate wounds to his cheek.

Supt Lane said "it is fair to say he's extremely lucky".

The police officers were not injured.

Supt Lane said police policy had been followed and it would be tested with the investigations.

A full scene examination is being completed.

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