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Two people are dead after a firearms incident near Castlepoint this morning.

The Armed Offenders Squad were called to the Tinui property just before 5.30am.

Police confirmed two people had been killed. They said they were treating the deaths as suspicious.

The two people were known to each other, police said, and they did not believe there was further risk to the community.

Locals spoken to by RNZ didn't want to be interviewed. They said they only heard about it when reading news websites.

People didn't appear to be home in nearby houses and people were not opening their doors.

Officers were likely to be investigating at the scene "for a number of days".

An unmarked police car and white covered trailer have entered the property and police have been at the Castlepoint Store having a meeting.

A spokesperson earlier said more details would be released soon.
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