24 Jul 2018

Cerven did not commit 'suicide by cop' - coroner

From Morning Report, 7:24 am on 24 July 2018

A man who was shot dead by the police in a central Auckland park in 2015 was not a case of 'suicide by police'. David Cerven, a 21-year-old Slovakian national, was killed by officers in Myers Park after telling them he had a gun. But coroner Katherine Greig has ruled that although Mr Cerven's action contributed to his death, she was unable to conclude it was suicide. Reporter Susan Strongman has been reading the coroner's report.