27 Aug 2018

Police chopper to monitor tangi of man killed in shooting

8:44 am on 27 August 2018

Police are sending their Eagle helicopter to Whanganui today for the tangi of a man killed in a gang-related shooting last week.

Police and members of the public at a cordon around the scene of the 21 August shooting.

A man was killed in a gang-related shooting last week. Photo: RNZ / Leigh-Marama McLachlan

Inspector Nigel Allan said police were increasing their presence in the city because they expected a large number of gang members to be at the tangi.

There would be additional patrols and the Eagle helicopter would be circling today and tomorrow.

Mr Allan said he wanted the public to feel reassured, not alarmed, by the increased police presence.

Kevin Ratana, 27, was shot dead outside a Castlecliff home on Tuesday last week.

Investigators are still trying to find those responsible.