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Man shot dead by police in Taranaki

A man has died after being shot by police near Brixton, near Waitara in Taranaki this afternoon.

Source: 1 NEWS

According to police, around 3:40pm, they received a call regarding a man in his 50s in distress who had left a Brixton property in a vehicle and was believed to be in possession of a gun.

Police then located the stationary vehicle on Mamaku Road, off State Highway 3, around 4:10pm.

Police say when officers advanced on the vehicle, the occupant, who was known to police, presented a gun at them.

The man was then shot by police.

First aid was immediately administered, however the man died at the scene a short time later.

Police are still working at the scene and making initial inquiries into the incident.

A scene guard will be in place overnight.

A Critical Incident Investigation into the shooting is now underway and the IPCA has been notified.

The death will also be referred to the Coroner.