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Woman shot dead by police
Fairfax Media | Thursday, 23 October 2008
LATEST: A woman is dead after being shot by police during a hostage drama in a Whangarei shop this morning.
The incident is believed to have started shortly after 9am when a woman with a gun went into the First Mobile Vodafone shop in Reyburn St, Whangarei. Armed police were called.
A witness said when the woman opened the door of the shop about an hour later she was shot by one of the police armed offenders squad, crouched behind a car across the road.
An hour later she was still lying in the shop where she had fallen and not moving. Witness Michelle West, 19, said the woman appeared to be dead. "She is not moving. She is dead," Ms West said.
A source close to the incident said the lady brandishing the shot gun looked to be 'spaced out' on drugs. Only one staff member was inside the building at the time of the incident.
He emerged some time after the shot was fired and after armed offenders squad had entered the building Eyewitness Arthur McKechnie earlier described seeing a dreadlocked woman with a shotgun.
"I saw a lady come out holding a shot gun, she opened the door and went back in but 10 minutes later there was a shot," he said.
"There is an ambulance there and they have called another ambulance," he said.
A staff member from Northland Mitsubishi, across the road from the incident, said the woman came outside briefly before going back in to the shop.She was described as being short, Maori with dreadlocks.
Staff at Northland Mitsubishi said police had told them she had "multiple guns" and one single shot was fired around 10.30am.
Several eyewitnesses say the incident now appears to be under control.