Canterbury homicide has gang connections: police

Detective Inspector Corrie Parnell at Christchurch media stand-up this afternoon. Photo: RNZ
Detective Inspector Corrie Parnell at Christchurch media stand-up this afternoon. Photo: RNZ
The killing of a man in the rural Canterbury community of Charing Cross has gang connections and police are concerned the incident could spark a retaliation.

Forty police officers are investigating the death of the 28-year-old yesterday afternoon.

Detective Inspector Corrie Parnell said some King Cobra gang members had congregated near where the death occurred.

Asked at a news conference this afternoon if retaliation was a possibility, Mr Parnell said that was a concern.

He said the public would notice a high police presence in the area for the next few days.

Forensic examinations of the area are taking place today and are likely to extend into next week.

Corrie Parnell said a vehicle had been seized, but no arrests had yet been made.

The dead man's name is expected to be released tomorrow.

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