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Man shot by police was on bail

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/07/2016

A man shot by Rotorua police after allegedly waving around a "four-foot slasher" was on electronically monitored bail.

The 35-year-old was flown to Waikato Hospital following the shooting on busy Te Ngae Road on Thursday afternoon.

He was still in a critical condition in an intensive care unit on Friday at noon, a DHB spokeswoman said.

The Department of Corrections says the man was not on home detention or being managed by it for any sentence.

"We can confirm that he was on electronically monitored bail," a Corrections spokesman said.

It was believed the man was affected by a substance - possibly methamphetamine - at the time of the attack, Superintendent Andy McGregor told reporters.

After attacking a police car there were repeated requests by the police for the man to drop the machete.

He was pepper sprayed and then hit with the 50,000-volt Taser gun three times without effect, before being shot twice.

No police were injured.

A Rotorua house has been cordoned off for examination on Friday, and police are appealing for information or footage of the event.

It is the second police shooting this week.

Nick Marshall, 36, was shot and killed during a police raid on a property in Hamilton on Tuesday night.

Acting police commissioner Mike Clement told TV3's Paul Henry show there was a trend towards officers being confronted with weapons.

"In recent years we've made firearms more available to our frontline staff and we are currently reviewing that again to make sure we've got that right," he said.

He said he did not think frontline police needed to be routinely armed.

"I don't believe we're at that point."

Why a police dog on the scene wasn't used before the man was shot would be investigated, he said.

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