A man has died after being shot by Police at a house in Feilding overnight.
Officers were initially called to a house in Seddon Street, Feilding shortly before 1pm yesterday, after reports that a man had allegedly shot at a neighbour’s window.
When Police arrived at the address, the man refused to come out of the house and speak to officers.
Ongoing voice appeals were made throughout the day to encourage the man to come out of the house.
The Armed Offenders Squad (AOS) was deployed as a precautionary measure and the Police Negotiation Team (PNT) was also in attendance.
At around 9pm, the man was shot by police after presenting a firearm at officers, and was critically injured.
Medical assistance was immediately provided however the man died after being transported to hospital.
Nearby residents can expect to see a continued Police presence overnight and tomorrow, as officers conduct scene examinations.
The IPCA will be notified of this incident and a Critical Incident Investigation is under way. Support will be provided to the officers involved.
Update @ 11.25am today
Residents of Feilding can expect to see an increased Police presence today following the fatal Police shooting of a man in the town last night.
Officers were initially called to the Seddon Street address shortly before 1pm, after reports a man had allegedly shot at a neighbour’s window.
Ongoing appeals were made with the assistance of Police Negotiators for the man to come out of the house.
Around 9pm, the man was shot by Police after presenting a firearm at officers, and the man died after being transported to hospital.
Central District Commander Superintendent Scott Fraser says Police’s thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this distressing time.
“This outcome is certainly something no Police officer wants when they turn up to a job.”
Superindent Fraser says local residents can expect to see an increased Police presence today.
“We will have officers in the area continuing a scene examination and providing further reassurance to locals,” he says.
“This event would have no doubt concerned some residents but we would like to reassure people that this was an isolated incident.”
The scene examination will be both to assist the Police’s own Critical Incident Investigation and to assist the Coroner.
Staff from out of district will be coming in to assist in the Critical Incident Investigation, as is routine when local staff are involved in such an event.
The officers involved are being supported.
Further update @4.41pm today
The man shot by Police in Feilding who later died from his injuries was known to local Police.
Superintendent Scott Fraser says Police staff did everything they possibly could to bring yesterday’s incident in Seddon Street to a peaceful end.
“Our officers used a range of tactics in order to engage with the man, however unfortunately he has presented a firearm towards our staff and has been shot.”
More than 25 Police staff, including the Armed Offenders Squad and Police Negotiation Team, were involved in the events of Sunday.
Police can confirm the man shot was known to local Police, and officers had attended the address previously.
There were also several dogs at the property, one of which was shot by officers.
“Feilding locals can expect to see a continued Police presence in the area in coming days as Police complete the scene examination and provide extra reassurance to the community,” Superintendent Fraser says.
The Police investigation is ongoing and is expected to take some time.
Police are not yet in a position to name the man, but will look to do so once formal notification processes are complete.