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Coroner finds man killed by police was unarmed, as police send warning to public

Police have warned the public that they will "respond appropriately" to anyone who threatens to use firearms in the presence of the police, after the Coroner found a man shot by

police last month was unarmed. David Cerven died as a result of injuries he sustained after being shot dead by police in Myers Park in central Auckland on 2 August.

David Cerven.

Before he was shot the Slovakian national told police that he was armed.

Today the Coroner found that Mr Cerven was unarmed and no weapon was found at the scene.

Auckland’s Police District Commander, Superintendent Richard Chambers, said he hoped "Mr Cerven's death would act as a reminder to anyone who threatened to use firearms in the presence of police that such threats would be treated seriously and responded to appropriately in order to protect the public and the safety of staff."

Mr Chambers says "the police criminal investigation interim report has been completed and is now with the overall supervisor of the investigations into David Cerven's death".

The Coroner ruled there is currently reasonable cause to believe Mr Cerven's death was self-inflicted "though this is in no way for a concluded view on the matter".

Mr Cerven was wanted by police over the armed robbery of three liquor stores on Auckland's North Shore over the week before his death.

Cerven was active in martial arts, with videos posted online showing him competing at kickboxing and K1 tournaments in Europe. 

Mr Cerven's death is still before the Coroner.