Live: Ashburton shooting suspect arrested
Man arrested after two shot dead
Police have arrested Russell John Tully after two people were killed and another seriously injured when a balaclava-clad man opened fire in Ashburton's Work and Income office today.
A massive manhunt concluded about 5.30pm when Tully was found on a rural property south of the Canterbury town.
Our live coverage has now ended. Read the full story on the shooting here.
Here's what we know so far:
- Two people were shot dead by a man at a Work and Income office in Ashburton about 10am. One person was shot dead on site and another died at Ashburton Hospital. A third is in a serious but stable condition.
- A gunman entered the office on the corner of Cass and Moore streets, and fired several shots before fleeing on a bike.
- Tully, 48, was found and arrested early this evening on a rural property south east of Ashburton.
- Police had 100 staff involved in the hunt for Tully. Residents had been warned to stay indoors and to not approach him.
- The shooting has shocked Ashburton town.
- Former MP Sue Bradford has been slammed for allegedly using the shooting for political "point scoring".
- New Plymouth's Work and Income office was temporarily closed today after a man allegedly threatened staff over the phone.
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