Neighbors have described hearing screams and screams before a man died on Auckland’s North Shore.
Emergency services were called to Ocean View Rd in Hillcrest shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday after reports of an altercation, a police spokesman said.
A St. John Ambulance spokesperson said they were called around the same time.
A patient was transported to North Shore Hospital in moderate condition.
Meanwhile, a man “unfortunately” died at the scene, police said.
The road had been cordoned off, with a police tent erected on the sidewalk.
“Allow more time for diversions in this area this morning,” said a post on Auckland Transport’s social media.
A person was arrested at the scene and charged with an unrelated matter, police said.
A Things photographer said an armed policeman stood guard. Three separate police tapes were wrapped around two vehicles, with the cordon stretching across four properties.
A neighbor who lives near the cordon said he arrived home at midnight to see police at the scene.
Another said he heard screams shortly before noon.
Richard England, who lives down the road from the property, was walking his dog around 10.15pm that evening.
“It was dark. I heard shouting, name calling. And then about 15 minutes later a huge amount of police came,” the 57-year-old said.
“A dozen cars, a helicopter, dogs, guns fired – then they drove up the road.”
England said nothing like this had happened on the streets before.
“I’ve lived in all these other countries and never had the slightest fear for my personal safety, but here it all went to hell in a hand basket.”
A North Harbor Community Patrol spokesperson said they were not present when the altercation unfolded, but noted that Hillcrest was known as a crime hotspot.
“It’s an easy in and out for criminal activity due to its proximity to the highway,” said the spokesperson, who Things agreed not to name to protect their safety, said.
“There are emergency accommodations at the bottom of Ocean View Rd, as well as in the streets surrounding Hillcrest where there is regular criminal behavior. Petty crime, burglaries and car break-ins, all that kind.
Police said cordons would remain in place at the scene while police investigate the matter.