Family of shot man consult a lawyer

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 17/06/2013
Morehu shooting
ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ
QUESTIONS UNANSWERED: Police and ESR staff investigating the scene at the New Plymouth Golf Club.

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The family of the Waitara man fatally shot by police at the New Plymouth Golf Club nine days ago say they are looking into appointing a lawyer.

Adam Morehu, 33, a housemover, was shot dead by police about 4am on Saturday, June 8.

There are three investigations under way, including one by the Independent Police Conduct Authority, and a family spokesperson said yesterday they were in discussions with a lawyer to represent them during this process.

The family was yet to hear from police following the funeral, the spokesperson said last night.

Central District police commander Superintendent Russell Gibson has been reported as saying police were working to provide Morehu's family with answers to their questions "and support them with what continues to be a difficult time".

After the shooting, police said they believed Morehu and his co-offender Kevin Bishell had broken into the golf club premises leaving shattered glass and ransacked premises behind them.

Silent alarms alerted police who arrived at the club to investigate.

The police say Bishell and Morehu crashed their motorbike as they tried to flee.

When a police dog grabbed Bishell, Morehu threatened police and used a firearm to shoot at them, police say.

One of the police officers armed himself with a Glock pistol and fatally shot Morehu. A subsequent autopsy found Morehu was shot twice in the torso.

Bishell, 32, is in custody by consent after he was charged in the New Plymouth District Court last week with two counts of aggravated burglary, one of being a party to using a firearm against a police officer and of using a firearm in the commission of an offence.

He is to reappear in court on June 26.

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