Key Points:

A woman armed with a gun today became the first female shot and killed by New Zealand police, and the 22nd person to die that way since 1941.

* October 23, 2008. A woman armed with a gun entered the First Mobile Vodafone Shop in Reyburn St, Whangarei, shortly after 9am. About an hour later she opened the shop door and was shot by a member of the police armed offenders squad, crouched behind a car across the road;

* September 26, 2007. Stephen Bellingham, 37, shot dead by a policeman in Christchurch about 8.30pm after smashing cars/car windows with a claw hammer. Said to have been on a party-pill binge. Advanced on the police officer with the hammer. Warned but kept advancing. Hit in chest (fatally) and one leg. Policeman said to have fired four shots (these details just four days later);

* August 14, 2004. Haidar Ebbadi Mahdi 37, died from a bullet to the head as he stabbed his wife being held in a headlock in a South Auckland house on Saturday afternoon;

* April 30, 2000. Steven Wallace, 23, of Waitara, shot after a window smashing spree in the town;

* July 1, 1999. Edwin Leo, 31, shot near Helensville, Northland, following a car chase;

* September 21, 1996. James Raharuhi killed by a single police bullet at a service station in Greenlane, Auckland;

* June 24, 1996. Terence Thompson shot in a Havelock North orchard. Thompson was the prime suspect in the slaying of Constable Glenn McKibbin;

* November 20, 1995. Barry Radcliffe shot after taking a rifle from a sporting goods store in Whangarei;

* September 28, 1995. Eric Gellatly shot in Invercargill, after he took over a sports shop in the central city and began firing indiscriminately;

* July 29, 1993. Larry Hammond died after being shot three times in the Morrinsville police station;

* November 14, 1990. Members of the anti-terrorist squad shot David Malcolm Gray after he killed 13 people at Aramoana, Otago;

* October 27, 1990. Paul Melvin Stowers died after being shot in the forehead by a detective whom he threatened with a shotgun in Newmarket, Auckland;

* March 14, 1986. Benjamin Wharerau shot as he took a hostage in a robbery of a Dargaville bank;

* June 6, 1985. Kevin David Fox was shot after he killed his wife in a car in Gore;

* April 18, 1983. Paul Chase shot by the armed offenders squad in a raid on a Petone, Wellington, flat;

* December 24, 1982. John Edward Morgan shot near Wainuiomata, Wellington, after throwing an axe at police;

* May 20, 1979. Nicholas Panayi shot by the armed offenders squad outside his Henderson, Auckland, home after a domestic dispute;

* October 4, 1976. The armed offenders squad shot Daniel Houpapa after he fires at an officer in Taumarunui;

* 1975. Edward Ross shot by the armed offenders squad as he stabbed his daughter after escaping from a Christchurch psychiatric hospital;

* April 16, 1970. Bruce John Glensor, holding two hostages in a Wellington house shot by the armed offenders squad when he threatened to shoot an officer;

* December 14, 1949. Waata Haremia Momo shot in Weedon, Canterbury, after exchanging shots with police.

* October 20, 1941. West Coast farmer Eric Stanley Graham killed after shooting three policemen and three civilians;

- NZPA