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Right call made to shoot man: Police

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/06/2016

Police are piecing together what led to officers fatally shooting a Paeroa man after he came at them with a machete and a "slasher", but say the right decision was made.

An officer shot the 57-year-old, who was known to them, after he allegedly threatened police with the weapons when they arrived at a property on County Rd just after 8am on Friday.

He was given first aid at the scene and an ambulance was called, but he died of his injuries, police say.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Bruce Bird told reporters on Friday afternoon that the officer who shot the man had "absolutely" made the right decision.

He could not confirm how many shots had been fired.

The man had attacked the three officers with two knives in close proximity and they feared for their lives, he said.

Although they were also armed with Tasers, it appeared they had no chance to use them.

"It was a very fast-moving dynamic scene," he said.

The officers saw a number of other knives at the scene.

Police had been called to the address in relation to a domestic incident, where a woman was threatened by a man with a machete.

They had been visited that family a number of times before for a "full variety" of incidents, Mr Bird said.

A 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy related to the woman were also at the address when Friday's incident happened, but were not hurt.

The scene has been cordoned off and police have begun a full investigation, but say they are still building a complete picture of what happened.

"The officers concerned are going through a real emotional rollercoaster," he said, adding that none sustained any injuries.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has been notified and would arrive at the scene later on Friday.

The family of the dead man and the officers involved in the incident are being supported, police say.

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