The family of Vaughan William John Te Moananui who was shot by police in Thames and died a short time later have issued a public statement outlining their grief at the loss of their loved one.
According to the statement his family wanted to thank everyone including Police for the support they had received through a very difficult and emotional time.
"Despite Vaughan's challenges, we loved him all the same, and ask that we be allowed to grieve for him in private.”
Four investigations into the shooting are underway, including investigations commenced by the Independent Police Conduct Authority and the Coroner.
The 33 year old was shot by a Police Armed Offenders Squad on Saturday.
Police say he was called upon to surrender, however he presented a firearm at Police, at which point he was shot.
While CPR was administered at the scene he was pronounced dead at Thames Hospital a short time later.
An initial media release regarding this incident mistakenly described the man as being ‘in custody.’
In their statement Te Moananui’s family said, "We are also distressed at some of the recent comments and speculation made about us in the media, which are hurtful and untrue.We ask that media please respect our privacy and request that they do not attend Vaughan's funeral which is a private family event.”
The family says they will not be making any further statements and will await the outcome of the various investigations into their family members death.