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Police happy with IPCA finding

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/09/2016

Police have congratulated their own after officers were praised for their bravery following last year's shooting at a McDonald's in restaurant.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has cleared police of any wrong-doing after an armed 25-year-old Pera Smiler was shot dead by two officers in September.

The authority commended police for their "swift and professional" response and the officers' courage.

"The death of Mr Smiler was a tragedy for his family and a traumatic event for the many members of the public who were there," acting Wellington district Assistant Commissioner Sam Hoyle said in a statement.

It was a very dangerous situation, with Smiler firing shots inside McDonald's at police on the street, he said.

"I am very proud of the responding staff, some of whom were off-duty at the time.

"They acted with great courage to protect the public and I have no doubt that their actions on that day prevented this from becoming an even greater tragedy."

Mr Hoyle also noted the police communications shift manager had good command and control of the incident.

"While this was not the outcome that anyone wanted, I commend the responding staff who did their duty with professionalism and courage."

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