New Zealand mosque shooting: Footage shows moment hero cop was able to drag and arrest the shooter from his car
A hero cop dramatically dragged the suspected white supremacist shooter from his vehicle- white station wagon
A brave and fearless police officer has been called a hero for his quick thinking after he dramatically pulled a suspected Christchurch mosque shooter, from his car just a few minutes after the deadly massacre.
This footage was caught on camera by a motorist who was driving by and shows the gunman's vehicle- a white station wagon which was wedged between a gutter as well as another police car with its front wheels in the air spinning. The suspect seemed to still be in the vehicle while officers approached the vehicle with caution. One of the officers was seen reaching inside the vehicle and then dragging the driver out while the second officer stood guard with their weapon ready.
In the video clip, the officer is seen hitting the man who is wearing dark colored clothing after ramming into his car into the curb. The deadly attack took the lives of around 49 people and left 20 injured. The police have urged people in the area to stay indoors and also to report any people of suspicious behavior. They have also described the incident as 'critical'. According to police commissioner Mike Bush there had been "huge acts of bravery" to make the arrests but warned people that the threat may not be over.
"The attackers were apprehended by local police staff. There have been some absolute acts of bravery. I'm hugely proud of our police staff, the way they responded to this. But let's not presume the danger is gone," Bush said, according to the Associated Press. He also added that their defense force was successful in defusing a number of improvised explosive devices which had been attached to vehicles after the shooting.
In a chilling footage of the shooting at the mosque, the shooter, believed to be Brenton Tarrant, can be heard saying: "Let's get this party started," as he starts his car and begins driving to the Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch.
He was then seen walking to the front of the mosque and that is where he began firing at random at the people inside. When a man attempted to crawl away the gunman shot him after calmly re-loading his gun. He reloaded his gun a number of times and shot into crowds of scared worshippers. The footage also showed that there were times where he stood over wounded or injured men and shot them multiple times just to make sure that they were dead.
Police took three men and a woman into custody after the shootings, which shocked people across the nation of 5 million people. The police also clarified that though they have these people in custody they can’t guarantee there aren’t other offenders. “Let’s not assume the danger is gone,” police commissioner Bush said.
In a brief press conference, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said “there is no place in New Zealand” for this kind of violence, noting that the country is home to the people who were targeted at the mosques. “This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” she said.
“Many of those affected may be migrants, maybe refugees ... They are us. ... The perpetrator is not. ... There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence,” Ardern continued.