A man aged in his sixties has been shot dead by police in Kurow in the South Island last night.
Police say at 9.05 last night they were called to a property on Freyberg Avenue where a man had made threats of suicide.
They say officers located the man on the property at around 10.50pm and the man was armed with a gun.
Police say about 11.50pm, prior to the arrival of the Armed Offenders Squad and Police Negotiation Team, the man confronted police while armed with the gun and was shot once.
They say officers immediately administered medical attention and the man was taken by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital in a critical condition, where he later died.
The IPCA have been notified of this incident and a Critical Incident Investigation is also underway.
Police will remain at the scene for forensic examinations.
The man’s death will be referred to the Coroner.
In a media address this morning Inspector Darryl Sweeney offered condolences to the man's family.
"We've been in contact with them already, and I'll be seeing them later today," he said.
"Police are liaising with the family of the deceased and victim support has been offered and also full support to our people."