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Private funeral for Verity McLean

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/04/2017

A funeral service for Verity McLean, who was fatally shot in Invercargill on Tuesday, will be held next week.

She was allegedly shot by her husband, Constable Ben McLean, who has been arrested for murder.

He also faces an attempted murder charge after a second victim, Garry Duggan, was injured.

Mr Duggan remains in Southland Hospital in a stable condition.

McLean was discharged from hospital on Friday afternoon and has been transported to Invercargill Prison.

The funeral in Invercargill will be private but the family are considering a memorial service in the future, which may include the community, says police southern area commander Superintendent Paul Basham.

No date has been set for the memorial service. The investigation, including scene examinations, forensic analysis and witness interviews, will continue during the weekend.

Police have previously said they are examining Ben McLean's house on Scott Street, along with the crime scene on Otepuni Avenue and a park area at Inglewood Road and Tweed Street.

Supt Basham thanked the community for support shown to police, which he said was appreciated.

"We are acutely aware of the impact an event like this has across the community, of which we are a part. It is at times like this that our community really shows its strength. "

Our focus in the coming days will be to continue supporting all the families impacted by this tragedy, ensuring a meticulous, impartial investigation continues, and supporting our own staff who have been affected," says Supt Basham.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said he was in Invercargill on Friday where he meet with police and also with Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt and Southland District Mayor Gary Tong.

"This is an extremely tragic event which has shocked the community, as well as Invercargill police staff," Mr Bush said

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