A shootout between the men suspected of assassinating Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse and security forces has left four dead.

Police chief Léon Charles said four suspects had been killed and two detained but some remained at large and a manhunt was still under way.

“They will be killed or captured,” the police chief said.

Mr Moïse, 53, was fatally shot and his wife, Martine, was injured when attackers stormed their home early on Wednesday.

His wife is currently in a critical condition after which was flown to Florida for treatment.

Police chief Charles described dramatic scenes as officers confronted the alleged assassins.

“We blocked [the suspects] en route as they left the scene of the crime,” he told a news conference. “Since then, we have been battling with them.”

Officials say the suspects are well armed and had taken three police officers hostage, who have since been freed.

The attack on the home of the president was a cruel one. There were multiple bullets, reportedly shot at his residence and his bedroom were ransacked.