Officers describe the moment they arrested mosque terrorist

Officers describe the moment they arrested mosque terrorist

When will the truth be revealed on who he is and why he did it? The Royal Commission report does not address some of the basic questions that have been asked by those of us accused by NZ Muslims of being involved in this.

Since this attack NZ Muslims have campaigned unceasingly to take away our western cultural freedoms of questioning religious claims of truth, etc. Surely since NZ Muslims hold us accountable for this attack, we have a right to see the evidence against us?

You can view the Royal Commission report from these links:

Tarrant Royal Commission part 1 of 4, Tarrant Royal Commission part 2 of 4, Tarrant Royal Commission part 3 of 4 and Tarrant Royal Commission part 4 of 4.

The only other evidence we have, which seems to be ignored by the Royal Commission, is that Tarrant was one of them: Christchurch gunman prayed in mosque weeks before March 15 shooting is just one example from this site of one of the visits he had previously made to the mosque.

This from stuff.co.nz:

With his rifle trained on the Christchurch mosque terrorist as he lay squirming on the footpath, Senior Constable Scott Carmody noticed the gunman’s hands were moving in his vest.

Worried he may be about to detonate the explosives in his car’s boot or go for a concealed weapon, Carmody considered shooting him.

But worried his bullet might ricochet and injure his colleague, Senior Constable Jim Manning, Carmody took another course of action.

“I reversed my weapon and struck him with the butt, with the intention of rendering him unconscious,” Carmody told police’s Ten One Magazine.

Moments later the pair had arrested the man who was later found responsible for murdering 51 people.

The officers, who have been awarded the New Zealand Bravery Decoration, are among 10 people honoured with an array of bravery awards for their courage and selflessness during the attacks at the two mosques on March 15, 2019.

The two men have spoken about the ordeal for the first time in an interview with police’s Ten One Magazine.

The pair, who had known each other for more than 20 years, were at a firearms training exercise day in Christchurch when the attack unfolded. Armed with police-issue weapons, they decided to check a possible exit from the city that the man might use.

“I was thinking, ‘Some poor New Brighton community cop’s going to be pulling up these guys, and he’s not going to be armed’,” Manning told Ten One.

“We need to go wide because we need to be where the police guns aren’t.”

As they drove east along Brougham St, the gunman was heading in the same direction on a parallel course on Bealey Ave in a Subaru car.

There were reports of a gunman and shooting in Linwood, and shots fired from a car, and then they were confronted with it – bullet holes in the windscreen, hazard lights flashing and coming through a red light in the opposite direction.

Manning turned around and headed towards the terrorist’s car. He said he believed there was a “good likelihood” they would die.

“But I remember looking across at Scotty and thinking ‘This guy’s got it, I’ve got it, we’ve got it, this is us’,”

“It’s like we were heading down the Valley of Death and my brain said ‘Fear’s no good to you, mate. Turn that off and deal with what’s in front of you and you’ll stay alive’.”

As the gunman drove erratically past other traffic, the two men were worried he would open fire. Carmody had his rifle at the ready.

“I kept telling myself, ‘When the windscreen shatters, don’t stop’,” Manning said.

“Keep driving, Scotty will know what to do. Whatever happens, he’ll be there.”

A few minutes later they made their move, ramming the Subaru to the side of the road on Brougham St.

Weapons drawn, the two officers approached the car and were surprised to see only one person inside with several firearms and a knife attached to his vest.

Manning covered the terrorist from the front of the patrol car and then dragged him from the car as Carmody stood ready to shoot.

As Manning went to drag him out of the car he noticed four petrol cans which he believed were improvised incendiary devices.

“I remember thinking, ‘When he blows up this is going to really, really hurt’,” he said.

Manning dragged him onto the footpath, and Carmody said the terrorist was “squirming a wee bit”.

“I noticed his hands were fishing in his vest. I didn’t know if he had a detonator for the explosives, or was going for his knife, or whether he had another weapon concealed in his clothing.”

After hitting him with the butt of his rifle, the two men handcuffed him and dragged him away from the car, before questioning him and relaying what he said to the emergency communications team.

The gunman falsely claimed there were up to 10 police-trained gunmen carrying out co-ordinated attacks on Muslim targets in Christchurch and nationwide, and 50 around the world.

Carmody stayed at the scene helping evacuate homes, while Manning went to the station to speak to district commander Superintendent John Price and other officers about what happened.

The pair later briefed army bomb disposal experts and senior police officers.

Carmody said trust between the two officers played a big part in what happened.

“I knew [Manning] was always going to go forward. No matter what happened he wasn’t going to back off.

“I knew wherever we ended up, he would be there; I knew he was fully capable of dealing with whatever it was we had to deal with.”

Both officers said they were humbled to receive their awards.

“Receiving this honour is a huge privilege, but any police officer in that situation would have done the same thing,” Manning said.

Carmody said the pair wanted to acknowledge the victims of the attacks as well as their colleagues who were also working that day.

“The victims and their loved ones will always be front of mind for us. And there were many, many people involved in the response, including many of our fellow police officers.

“This award really is for every one of our colleagues involved in that response. All of them were prepared to put themselves in harm’s way, and it could have been any one of them that came across that car on that day.”
-Stuff