Three people arrested in relation to shooting of Connor Whitehead, police still seeking one other person

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Nov 07, 2021 |


Canterbury Police have now arrested three more people following the death of Connor Whitehead in Casebrook on Friday night.

A 32-year-old man was arrested at a Burnside residential address last night following the execution of a search warrant. 

Two women, aged 36 and 43, have been arrested and charged with accessory after the fact to murder. 

They will also appear in the Christchurch District Court today.

The 46-year-old man arrested on Saturday night is also due to appear today facing one charge of accessory after the fact to murder.

Detective Senior Sergeant Nicola Reeves said officers continue to investigate this incident and are actively seeking one other person we believe was involved in Connor’s death.

That person is aware they are being sought and we encourage them to come forward and speak with Police. 

Anyone who has any information which may assist is asked to contact Police on 105 and quote event number P048523046.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Statement on behalf of Connor’s family:

We are devastated by Connor’s death and still trying to come to terms with what has occurred. 

We are in shock and want answers about what happened to our beloved son, brother, and friend. 

The magnitude of this senseless loss hasn’t begun to sink in.

We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received, and the generosity shown by everyone during this difficult time.

Connor was dearly loved, and his passing has left a huge hole in our lives. 

He was a kind, talented and deeply loyal young man who had such a bright future ahead of him. 

Connor was in no way connected to, or affiliated with, the people who are responsible for his death.

We would like to thank emergency services for their response on Friday night and their ongoing support.

We ask for privacy at this time as we grieve and process the tragic loss of Connor. 

We ask that the media respect this and do not contact us. 

Any further queries should be directed to the Police Media Team.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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