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Soldier dead after stand-off at military base

A soldier has died following a five-hour standoff at Linton Military Camp in Palmerston North.

 
 

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A SOLDIER has died following a five-hour standoff at Linton Military Camp in Palmerston North.

The 23-year-old had barricaded himself inside a house at the base with a gun.

Five hours after the incident began, a single shot was heard.

Police had tried to contact the man, but no response was heard.

Central District police operations manager Inspector Dave White said police used teargas, without result, and entered the house around 2pm and found the man dead.

No-one else was inside the house and police did not fire any shots.

“We are saddened that this has ended in tragedy and our sympathies are with his family at this difficult time,” White told Fairfax NZ.

Sergeant Graham Wehipeihana said the soldier had been picked up by a colleague from the central city during the previous night and returned to the base.

Major Rob Loftus said the Defence Force was deeply saddened at news of the death.

“Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the soldier concerned at this difficult time. The NZ Army will be providing appropriate support to the family of the soldier throughout this difficult time.”

The NZ Army soldier had not been sent overseas during his time in uniform.

No one else is sought in connection with the death and the matter has been referred to the coroner.

 
 

 
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