A 23-year-old soldier is dead after an armed stand-off that lasted more than five hours at Linton Military Camp.
Earlier this morning a soldier barricaded himself in a house during an armed incident inside the camp's housing area.
Inspector Dave White said police entered the property just after 2pm and found the soldier's body. There was no one else inside the house.
Police did not fire any shots, he said.
Mr White said all attempts to contact the man had received no response. Police used teargas to try to resolve the situation peacefully..
"We are saddened that this has ended in tragedy and our thoughts and sympathies are with his family at this difficult time," Mr White said.
Chief of Staff of 1NZ Brigade Major Rob Loftus said the NZ Defence Force had been deeply saddened at the news.
"Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the soldier concerned at this difficult time.
He said the soldier had not been deployed overseas while with the army.
Sergeant Graham Wehipeihana said police were called to the house on Inglis Way about 9.40am.
Roads were blocked for more than five hours, but re-opened around 2.30pm.
Raewynne Te Huia, who is staying with her daughter four houses away, was out walking this morning and said she saw officers with guns running across the road towards the property.
She heard at least four "pops" - that she believed were gunshots.
Officers told her to go and stay inside her house.
Shots had been fired earlier this morning and more were heard around 1.20pm.
Mr Wehipeihana said the soldier involved in the stand-off was picked up by a colleague last night from Palmerston North CBD.
The soldier was brought back to house around 1am. Alcohol was believed to be involved.
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