A Hastings man who was accidentally shot by police remains in
a serious condition at Wellington Hospital.
Iriheke Te Kani Manu Pere suffered a critical injury on
Friday when a Bushmaster rifle carried by an armed offenders
squad member went off.
The 33-year-old was still in the hospital's intensive care
unit today, but a spokesman said his condition had improved
from critical to serious over the last day.
The shooting happened while Mr Pere was being taken into
custody about 5pm on Friday.
Police were called to a Karamu Rd house after members of his
family became concerned about his behaviour, including his
possession of a firearm he had previously pointed at family
Armed police were sent to the house and members of the
Hawke's Bay armed offenders squad arrived and made a voice
appeal for Mr Pere to come out.
He walked out of the house as directed and lay face-down on
the front lawn where he was handcuffed with plastic
Police say Mr Pere was fully compliant during the arrest.
Acting Assistant Commissioner investigations Glenn Dunbier
said officers, including an AOS member, moved forward to lift
Mr Pere to his feet.
"It was at that time the Bushmaster rifle carried by the AOS
member accidentally discharged."
Mr Pere suffered a single gunshot wound to his upper right
middle back region, Mr Dunbier said.
He was immediately given first aid and then taken to hospital
by ambulance. Later that night Mr Pere was transferred to
An internal police investigation was underway headed by
Detective Superintendent Paul Kench from Wellington. The
investigating team would also include specialist interviewers
from outside the Eastern District.
The Independent Police Conduct Authority was also conducting
Mr Dunbier said none of Mr Pere's actions during the course
of the arrest had contributed to the shooting. He had been
compliant and was not resisting police.
Police had been with Mr Pere's family last night and had
accompanied them to Wellington this morning to be with him.
Forensic tests would be carried out on the firearm to
determine if there was any possible malfunction.
The officer involved had been placed on leave and would be
interviewed "in due course" by investigating officers, Mr
"The officer involved is understandably extremely upset by
what has happened and we have support mechanisms in place for
"He is more concerned about Mr Pere's condition," Mr Dunbier
Mr Dunbier said police were taking the incident extremely
"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.
"At this point in time we cannot confirm why the firearm was
discharged and whether it was human error or a firearm
malfunction. That will be revealed during the course of the
- By Rebecca Quilliam and Brendan Manning of APNZ,
additional reporting Andrew Koubaridis, Vaimoana Tapaleao