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Man shot by Rotorua police dies

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/07/2016 NZ Newswire
Police shot a man on a street in Rotorua. © Facebook/KiwiAz Bro Police shot a man on a street in Rotorua.

A man shot by police in Rotorua this month has died in hospital.

Rotorua man Shargin Stephens, 35, was flown to Waikato Hospital following the shooting on Te Ngae Road on July 14.

Police said he died on Tuesday.

He was shot after allegedly waving a machete-type weapon at officers.

Police said he had been pepper-sprayed and then Tasered three times without effect after attacking a police car.

Footage of the moment Mr Stephens was shot twice in the stomach was caught by a passing motorist and widely circulated on social media.

Police say their investigation into the attack is still ongoing, and they are looking for witnesses, included the person who filmed the shooting.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out on Wednesday and the death has been referred to the coroner.

Police said Mr Stephens' aggressive and violent outburst suggested he was affected by a substance, possibly methamphetamine.

It was the second police shooting in the same week, after Nick Marshall was killed during a police raid on a property in Hamilton.

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