The family of a man shot dead by police a week ago are appointing a lawyer to help represent their interests in the police investigation.

Adam Morehu, 33, was killed after a break-in at the New Plymouth Golf Club about 4am last Saturday.

Silent alarms alerted police, and Morehu and an alleged co-offender, Kevin Bishell, 32, crashed while leaving the club on a motorbike.

A police dog caught Bishell, and Morehu shouted threats and then allegedly shot at the officers.


Police Tasered him and, as he was reloading his firearm, they shot him.

Yesterday, Central Districts commander Superintendent Russell Gibson said three investigations were under way: into the incident, police actions and how police policies and procedures were applied.

Gibson said: "Police do not yet have all the answers and are working to provide Mr Morehu's family with answers to their questions and support them with what continues to be a difficult time."