New Zealand couple believed to have been killed by sheep in paddock at Waitakere, west of Auckland

A New Zealand man and woman are believed to have been killed by a sheep after their bodies were found in a paddock in Waitakere, west of Auckland.

The couple were found deceased by police in the paddock of their Anzac Valley Rd address before 7.30am on Thursday.

In a statement, New Zealand Police confirmed a ram was in the paddock at the time officers were informed.

Another person at the scene suffered a minor injury after being attacked by the animal.

Police were also confronted and approached by the ram.

“On undertaking a risk assessment, the ram was shot and died at the scene,” a New Zealand Police spokesman said.

“A scene examination has been ongoing today and has now been completed.”

Police are continuing to investigate on behalf of the coroner to establish the full set of circumstances around what occurred in the paddock.

Post-mortem examinations will be carried out on Friday.

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