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Police precipitated park shooting: IPCA

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/08/2016

Two police officers were justified in shooting dead a man in a central Auckland park last year, but they escalated the situation, the police watchdog has found.

David Cerven, a 21-year-old Slovakian man, was shot dead by police in Myers Park on August 2.

Police said at the time he was wanted for three armed robberies and called officers to the park before telling them he had a weapon - although a coroner later found he was unarmed.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority on Thursday released its report into the shooting, saying although two armed officers were justified in shooting, their decision to approach and challenge Mr Cerven while he was talking to unarmed police precipitated his actions.

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