Fiji man shot dead by NZ police after multiple machete violence reports

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Police at Central Avenue in Papatoetoe after a man wielding a machete was shot dead. Image: RNZ

By Anish Chand

A Fiji man was shot dead by police in the south Auckland suburb of Papatoetoe early today.

Counties Manukau Police District Commander Superintendent Jill Rogers said the police received multiple reports of a man with a machete in the area.

“Police received 13 separate calls from worried and scared residents regarding the man’s behaviour,” she said.

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“He was reportedly using the machete to smash windows, damage cars and cut powerlines.”

“A police officer arrived in the area shortly after and began to engage with him.

“Despite repeated requests from our officer to the man to put down his weapon, he has continued to advance on the officer and has been shot.

“The man was provided immediate medical assistance, however the man had died at the scene.”

Police were today carrying out a scene examination and speaking with a number of witnesses.

Anish Chand is a reporter for The Fiji Times.

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