Man shot dead by police in Kurow

A man has died after being shot by police in Kurow, North Otago late last night.

Acting District Commander, Southern District, Inspector Darryl Sweeney said about 9.05pm police were called to an address for a man who had made threats of suicide.

Police dispatched to the man’s property in Freyberg Ave, Kurow.

Police were advised the man may have access to a firearm and officers were armed as a precaution, Insp Sweeney said.

Officers searched for the man and he was located at the property around 10.50pm and began speaking with officers.

The man was armed with a firearm.

The Armed Offenders Squad and Police Negotiation Team were requested from Dunedin.

About 11.50pm before the arrival of the armed offenders squad and police negotiation team, the man confronted police while armed with the firearm and was shot once.

The officers immediately administered medical attention and the man was taken by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital in a critical condition, where he later died.

"The impact of this tragic incident will be felt deeply by all involved and police has contacted the family of the deceased and is working to support them.

"The officers involved are being offered every support."

The IPCA has been notified of the incident and a critical incident investigation was also underway.

Police would remain at the scene for forensic examinations.

The man’s death would be referred to the coroner.