Police have accidentally shot a Hastings man in their custody.
The 33-year-old man was shot when a police firearm "accidentally discharged" as he was lying on the ground, acting assistant commissioner investigations Glenn Dunbier said.
He was in a critical condition at Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital last night.
Police were called to a house in Karamu Rd, Hastings about 5pm yesterday over concerns about the man's behaviour after he pointed a firearm at his mother two days ago.
Neighbours peered out their windows as armed police pulled up and blocked off the road.
Neighbour Dave, who would not give his last name, said it went all quiet before police boomed over the speaker: "Come out with your hands up".
Police instructed the man to lie on the ground. Then a shot was heard.
Mr Dunbier said two investigations into the shooting were under way - by police and the Independent Police Complaints Authority.
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