Christchurch attack: Name suppression lifts for hero officers who arrested accused gunman

Name suppression has lifted on the two police officers involved in arresting the alleged Christchurch mosque gunman.

They are Senior Constable Jim Manning and Senior Constable Scott Carmody, both of Canterbury.

Snr Const Jim Manning, left, and Snr Const Scott Carmody with Prince William.
Snr Const Jim Manning, left, and Snr Const Scott Carmody with Prince William. Photo credit: New Zealand Police

In the weeks following the attacks they were presented with the Police Commissioner's Gold Merit Award.

The officers, who have known each other for many years, dragged the alleged gunman from a suspicious car in Brougham St after the shootings at Christchurch's Al Noor and Linwood mosques.

A police statement confirmed name suppression for the two officers lifted in the Christchurch High Court on Tuesday.

"This was an extraordinary event and we want to acknowledge the victims of this tragedy," the officers said in a joint statement.

Footage emerged of police capturing the alleged gunman in the wake of the shooting.
Footage emerged of police capturing the alleged gunman in the wake of the shooting. Photo credit: File

"Every day when we go to work the safety of the community is our priority and that was our focus when we made that arrest.

"Our actions are reflective of who we are as police officers and Kiwis."

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the officers' actions showed who they were as people and officers.

"They put their lives at risk to stop the alleged gunman and stop further harm," Bush said.

The trial for the alleged gunman, who faces 51 charges of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one charge under the Terrorism Suppression Act, is due to start on June 2 next year.

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