Police have described a ‘‘chaotic’’ scene where a man was found dead and a woman injured.
Palmerston North police have launched an investigation after the incident, involving weapons, on Russell St.
The Armed Offenders Squad was called about 7pm after people reported yelling from the address.
Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Sheridan, officer in charge of the Manawatu CIB, said a man has been found dead and a woman has been taken to Palmerston North Hospital in a critical condition.
‘‘Our priorities this evening are securing the scene overnight so we can conduct a thorough scene examination in the next 24 hours,’’ Mr Sheridan said.
‘‘We will also be working to determine the dynamic between the people that live at the address.’’.
The relationship between the two people is unknown, but there were children at the house, who have been taken to safety, Mr Sheridan said.
‘‘It is chaotic down there at the moment.
‘‘It’s difficult to piece together what has happened at this stage, however, officers are in the process of speaking to witnesses at the property and others in the surrounding neighbourhood.
‘‘At this stage it’s too early to determine what has caused the injuries to both the man and the woman and what weapons were involved.’’
Neighbour Barbara Bradnock said a young couple with two sons, aged 1 and 5, lived at the house.
A set of grandparents and another adult, a brother of one of the couple, with his twin daughters, were staying with them.
The family would often deliver her mail to her front door and she described them as friendly and polite.
Bradnock heard nothing, but had been asked by police to stay inside.
‘‘I was just putting the jug on and looked out and there was a cop with a gun.
‘‘I’m mortified ... they were the most amazing neighbours that you could ever wish for and I feel heartbroken that anything bad has happened to them.’’
Kay Wilkinson, who was walking on Russell St, said she saw man lying on the ground in a driveway.
‘‘I just saw a glimpse of a lady sitting with [someone] lying on his stomach ... I just happened to look and thought he had been hit by a car.’’
The address has been cleared and police are not looking for anyone else.
- Manawatu Standard
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