Police have named the man who was shot by an armed officer
after lying face-down and being handcuffed yesterday.
Iriheke Te Kani Manu Pere, 33, was critically injured when a
police firearm was accidentally discharged during his arrest
outside a Hastings house.
He is in a serious but stable condition in Wellington
Two investigations have been launched over the incident - one
by the Independent Police Complaints Authority and the other
Armed Offenders Squad (AOS) officers were called out to a
Karamu house at about 5:30pm yesterday after Pere was seen
with a gun that he had previously pointed at family members,
Pere walked out of the house willingly and lay face-down on
the front lawn while plastic restraints were attached to his
Acting Assistant Commissioner Investigations Glenn Dunbier
said when officers moved forward to lift Pere to his feet, a
Bushmaster rifle carried by an AOS member accidentally
Pere suffered a single gunshot wound to his upper right
middle back region.
He was immediately given first aid and was taken to Hawkes
Bay Hospital by ambulance, before being transferred to
Wellington around 10pm.
Dunbier said Pere's actions had not contributed to the
The officer who shot Pere was "extremely upset", he said.
"The officer involved is understandably extremely upset by
what has happened and we have support mechanisms in place for
him. He is more concerned about Mr Pere's condition.
"This is a terrible tragedy and we will be conducting a
thorough and robust investigation into what took place and
how the firearm came to be discharged in such a manner."
Dunbier said he could not confirm why the firearm was
discharged, or whether it was human error or a firearm
"We have a lot of work to do over coming weeks to determine
exactly what happened and how it happened."
Detective Superintendent Paul Kench of Wellington is set to
head the internal police investigation into the incident.
A St John Ambulance spokesman refused to give details about
the incident, telling the Weekend Herald that police had
instructed them not to.
A neighbour said she heard a loud "bang" but didn't know what
happened until she saw an ambulance arrive and armed police
"The house is still locked down," the neighbour said.