Off-duty police officer dies in Manawatu River (+ advisory)

Off-duty police officer dies in Manawatu River (+ advisory)

National News

It is with great sadness that police can confirm that the man whose body was recovered from the Manawatu River this morning was a police officer.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Toon was off-duty when he got into difficulty last night while attempting to help a family member who had gone into the river to rescue their dog.

“This is obviously a tragic and very difficult time for Mike’s family, as well as his police colleagues.” says Superintendent Sue Schwalger, Central District Commander.

“We and the wider Police family will come together to provide the support needed to his family and colleagues.

“Mike acted with courage to help a family member, and that has ended in tragedy.

“This is a sad day for all police staff and we share the grief of Mike’s family.

“I would like to thank all the emergency and response services who have been part of the search, particularly for their support to Mike’s family at this difficult time.”


Advisory: Media please note that Superintendent Sue Schwalger will hold a brief media stand-up outside Palmerston North Police Station at 3pm today.

Issued by Police Media Centre