Police have met with the family of the man shot dead by police on Friday to talk to them about the results of a post-mortem which revealed he was shot in the torso.

Mike Taylor was shot by police on his property on County Rd, in the Karangahake Gorge, after he allegedly threatened police staff responding to a callout.

A post-mortem was completed on Saturday as part of the police investigation.

This follows partner Natalie Avery's claim to Fairfax that Mr Taylor "had nothing in his hands" and was walking away from them when she said police fired two shots.


"He had his f***ing back to them. And he had his hands up in the air.

"I thought they'd Tasered him, but they'd shot him."

Acting Assistant Commissioner Bruce Bird said as Mr Taylor approached police armed with a machete, a number of shots were fired from the front seat of the patrol car at short range.

"He has then moved back from the officers away from the patrol car where he attempted to follow police instructions, however he collapsed from his injuries.

"Once the situation was secure, the attending police staff commenced first aid and CPR.
"We can appreciate that this was a fast-moving and traumatic event for those involved, including family members who were present.

"New Zealand Police extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones at this time."

Police met with the the family on Saturday.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority and the Coroner are carrying out independent inquiries into the shooting.