14 Dec 2018

Armed officer guards property in investigation of Shayne Heappey's death

1:35 pm on 14 December 2018

An armed police officer is guarding a Christchurch property as the investigation continues into a man's death.

An armed guard outside Stanbury Avenue house in Somerfield, Christchurch

An armed guard outside a Stanbury Avenue house in Somerfield, Christchurch. Photo: . RNZ / Jonathan Mitchell

Shayne Heappey died in hospital on Saturday after being dropped off with serious injuries.

Police and specialist forensic staff are currently searching the Stanbury Avenue property, in the suburb of Somerfield.

The armed officer is standing in front of a tent that blocks anyone from getting into the property, which has also been cordoned off.

Locals in the area wouldn't be interviewed, but told RNZ it's highly unusual for the police to be on their street.

Police won't say what they're looking for, but added that a property in Oakhurst Place, Russley, is also being searched.