Police shot father-to-be four times, firing 'upwards of 12' bulletsby Laura Tupou
Family say they cannot understand why so many shots were fired.
Four of the bullets hit Jerrim Toms, including one in the back, his family have told RNZ.
A family member said officers told him there were "upwards of 12 shots" fired that night.
It's nearly two weeks since the 29-year-old was killed on State Highway 1 north of Puhoi and his family say they have more questions than answers.
Police said he was wielding a machete and was shot at close range, by two officers. But his family say they cannot understand why so many shots were fired.
Police have declined to answer questions about the specifics of the shooting, citing rules under the Coroner's Act and active investigations.
Family members say officers told them "upwards of 12 shots" were fired and four bullets hit his body - one to his left hand, two in his chest, and one to his lower back.
Jerrim and his pregnant German partner were expecting their first child together when he was killed at Easter.
His father, Kevin Toms, said the family were told two officers, who arrived in the same car, fired the shots.
At least five police cars were at the scene, the family said.
"If [Jerrim] was rushing towards them and he was a direct threat to them he'd have to be real close," Kevin said.
"You don't miss two-thirds of your shots close up, so we can't tally that."
Kevin, a member of a pistol club, said police use Glock pistols which carry 17 rounds each.
The family have been trying to piece together their loved one's final moments. They said they do not know where he was hit first or why at least eight shots missed him.
They also want to know why tasers were not used, or if officers had tasers with them.
"He was running away, they'd spiked his car, he was frightened of them, he was out of there, he wasn't running towards them," Kevin said.
Police 'not able to discuss details'
Detective Inspector John Sutton, of Waitemata police, said in a statement that Jerrim had a machete at the time and he was shot while close to police.
They showed a photo of the weapon to the family who say it was a blunt ornamental knife Jerrim bought about seven years ago.
Mr Sutton said initial indications were that drugs "may be a factor", but they were waiting for final toxicology results.
"Exactly what happened and the events leading up to Jerrim's death are the focus of our investigation.
"We are not able to discuss details of how Jerrim died until we have consulted with the Coroner.
"As you can appreciate there are multiple investigations under way which are extremely complex and it would not be appropriate to respond to every single claim that is made until investigations are completed.
"We would however note that we have reviewed the 111 call and are confident in the wording of our statement on the day of Jerrim's death."
There are three investigations: one on the police response that night, one standard procedure homicide investigation, and an Independent Police Conduct Authority investigation.
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