The man who robbed Christchurch Dairy on Saturday was found dead in a car by police.
Police had been looking for the 54-year-old after it was reported that a man walked at around 11:10am into a dairy in Nancy Avenue in Christchurch and held it up.
Reports say that the was carrying a black bag and was armed with a small pistol. He demanded money and some cigarettes, and then fled in a Ford sedan.
“The male has demanded cigarettes and money and left when he was given a small amount. The male was then seen getting into a maroon Ford sedan and driving off,” said Detective Sergeant David Parker in a press release.
Detective Sergeant Colin Baillie told Stuff that police found the man in his car in Brooklands later that day. There reportedly did not appear to be suspicious circumstances, and the death is being treated as suspicious suicide.
The items stolen from the dairy, as well as the pistol, were found in the car.
The death has been referred to the coroner. Police said that they are not looking for anyone else related to the robbery.
Stuff also listed the Mental Health Foundation’s free Resource and Information Service helplines:
Lifeline – 0800 543 354
Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757
Healthline – 0800 611 116
Samaritans – 0800 726 666 (for Lower North Island, Christchurch and West Coast callers), or 0800 211 211 / (04) 473 9739 (for other regions)
Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 and firstname.lastname@example.org