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Teenager Dead After Being Shot By NT Police During Arrest

A 19-year-old Indigenous man was shot by a police officer in a remote community in the Northern Territory after he allegedly lunged at the policeman.

The man was shot at Yuendumu, 300km away from Alice Springs, at around 7pm Saturday evening after two police officers went to the property to arrest him.

"During that time a struggle ensued and two shots were fired and he sadly passed away later," Acting Deputy Commissioner Michael White told reporters on Sunday.

The man, named by local media as Arnold Walker, lunged at a police officer as the pair attempted to arrest him, the deputy commissioner said.

"My understanding is he was armed with a weapon," he said.

The 19-year-old was on parole, which he had breached and a warrant had been issued for his arrest, White told reporters.

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After the shooting police provided first aid to the victim as there were no medical staff in the community at the time, the deputy commissioner said.

The medical staff had left the community after a series of break-ins and an ambulance from a neighbouring community was called to attend the scene.

A police officer received a shoulder wound during the incident, the commissioner said.

The death is being treated as a death in custody.

The man died at the remote town of Yuendumu in central Australia. Image: AAP

"I'm sad about my grandson," grandmother Monica Robinson told the Centralian Advocate.

"I was getting phone calls from all my family but I don't know what the police did," she told the newspaper.

A coronial investigation will be undertaken and the body was taken to Alice Springs.

Fewer than 800 people live in the Yuendumu community.