Not a winning strategy to stay alive

Threatening cops with a machete is always going to get you hurt, or in this case dead.

A man was threatening police with a machete before he was shot and killed by officers in Paeroa this morning.

Police said Acting Assistant Commissioner Bruce Bird is due to speak about the incident soon.

In a statement, police said officers had been responding to an incident following reports of a person being threatened with a machete.

“The male allegedly threatened police with the weapon.

“Police provided first aid to the man, but he was later declared deceased.”

The man is a 57-year-old local and is known by police, authorities said.

Code for ratbag with form.

Officers have cordoned off the area and the man’s family are being supported – as are police officers involved in the incident.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has been advised.

A St John spokeswoman confirmed they were at the scene.

The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to assist ambulance staff at 8.50am.

However, the chopper was unable to fly to the scene because of poor weather conditions.

Terrible shame…oh well. Threatening Police and others with a machete is not a good strategy for staying alive.


– NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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