One dead following serious incident on Auckland’s North Shore


One person had died during a serious incident on Auckland’s North Shore, where a man was heard screaming for help from a second-storey window.

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Police were called to reports of someone being assaulted at a property on Northcote’s Akoranga Drive about 5.30pm, Waitematā field crime manager Detective Inspector Aaron Proctor said.

A person was found with critical injuries but had since died, he said.

One person has been taken into custody. It is understood the victim and the person arrested were known to each other, he added.

Police, Fire and Emergency NZ and St John are attending a serious incident in Northcote.

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Police, Fire and Emergency NZ and St John are attending a serious incident in Northcote.

Stuff understands police are investigating the case as a potential homicide inquiry.

A St John spokeswoman said three ambulance crews and a manager were called to the scene.

One person was taken to North Shore Hospital with serious injuries. A second person was taken to Auckland City Hospital with minor injuries.

At least five police cars were in attendance on Thursday night, but locals said there were about 12 at the height of the incident.

A nearby resident said she heard a man yelling for help.

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A nearby resident said she heard a man yelling for help.

Nearby resident Kiana Taylor was cooking when she heard lots of yelling, including a man calling for help, from across the road.

Police arrived within four minutes, she said. “It’s hard to tell what’s going on.”

Te Aroha Devon, who lives across the road, said she heard someone screaming for help as she arrived home from work.

She said a man on the second floor was yelling from a window. “He was just screaming ‘help, help, help, help’.”

One person has been killed in an incident at a property on Northcote's Akoranga Drive.

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One person has been killed in an incident at a property on Northcote’s Akoranga Drive.

A man who was walking past stopped to try to help him, she added. “He was trying to figure out what was going on.”

Devon said it was “normal” to hear yelling from the house, however this time it was “screaming”.

She said the house was a boarding house which always had people coming and going.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should phone police on 105 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.