Homicide investigation launched in Auckland

An armed police officer stands guard at the scene of a homicide in Ranui.
An armed police officer stands guard at the scene of a homicide in Ranui.
Markers cover the footpath as police investigate a 29-year-old man's death.
Markers cover the footpath as police investigate a 29-year-old man's death.
A police forensic team gather evidence after a homicide inquiry is launched in Ranui.
A police forensic team gather evidence after a homicide inquiry is launched in Ranui.
Neighbours watch on as forensic scientists gather evidence at the scene of a homicide in Ranui.
Neighbours watch on as forensic scientists gather evidence at the scene of a homicide in Ranui.
Police officers arrive at a house in Ranui where a man was injured and later died in hospital.
Police officers arrive at a house in Ranui where a man was injured and later died in hospital.
A police forensic team at the scene of a homicide investigation in Ranui, West Auckland.
A police forensic team at the scene of a homicide investigation in Ranui, West Auckland.

A homicide investigation has been launched in West Auckland following the suspicious death of a 29-year-old man last night.

Police said they were called to a house in Aston Pl, Ranui, after reports a man had been taken to Waitakere Hospital with "unexplained injuries". He later died in hospital.

Neighbours said they heard shots around midnight, and saw a car speeding away.

Sandy Whare, who lives nearby, said he believed the dead man was a visitor.

The house was cordoned off this afternoon with an armed police officer guarding the property and a specialist search team at the scene.

An autopsy is planned for later today.

Anyone with information is asked to call Waitakere CIB on 09 839 0600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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