Police are appealing for information after a man was critically injured in an altercation after attempting to break into a person's vehicle in Auckland's Te Atatu Peninsula early this morning.
Police were called to a property on Te Atatu Road after a person reportedly found two men breaking into their van at around 3.50am, police said in a statement.
One of the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, police said, after which the second suspect entered into an altercation with the van's owner.
The second suspect lost consciousness at some point during the altercation. It is unknown at this stage how the man lost consciousness, police said.
Both men involved in the altercation were later transported to hospital, where the suspect remains in critical condition. The owner of the van has since been released.
A neighbour told 1 NEWS she and her son heard a commotion at 3.52am.
She said they heard smashing, yelling, tyres squealing, and a man moaning in pain. She said a school teacher and her brother live at the home, which is on a busy main road just off the Te Atatu on- and off-ramps on the North Western Motorway.
Police have deployed a drone as they examine the scene. Forensic staff and photographers are also on the scene.
A police cordon is still at the home, with police tape along the driveway.
A scene guard is in place.
Police would like to speak with the man who fled the scene and anyone else who may have seen anything suspicious in the area.
No one else is being sought in relation to the incident, and it is not believed to be any risk to the public.
Anyone with information has been advised to contact the Waitemata Crime Squad on (09) 839 0697, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.