A man has been found dead after armed police entered the Henderson house at the centre of a major operation on Friday.
Officers arrived at the Newington Road address in west Auckland at around 7am to carry out a pre-planned search warrant for a gang member wanted over serious offending.
“Upon arrival, our staff were met with extreme hostility from the subject of the search warrant and a number of shots were discharged towards police staff,” said Detective Inspector Kevin McNaughton, from the Waitematā CIB.
Residents were evacuated and a school and multiple roads closed while police attempted to communicate with the man.
“Despite these attempts the man has repeatedly refused to engage with our staff,” Det Inspt McNaughton added.
“Late this afternoon, the armed offenders squad made entry into the address and located the man deceased inside.”
An investigation will now start into the man’s death on behalf of the Coroner and the Independent Police Conduct Authority will also be advised.
“Police would like to acknowledge the Henderson community for their cooperation and understanding, as they were disrupted by the cordons in place throughout the day,” Det Inspt McNaughton added.
“Police would like to reassure the community that this incident has now concluded and they will see cordons lifting in the area and residents able to return home.
“There is no ongoing risk to the community as a result of this matter, however members of the local community are likely to see an extra Police presence in the area over the coming days whilst a scene examination is completed.”