A fearless police officer has been hailed a hero after dramatically pulling the suspected Christchurch mosque shooter from a car during a dramatic roadside arrest.
Footage filmed by a passing motorist shows the gunman’s white station wagon wedged between the gutter and another police car, with its front wheels in the air spinning.
The suspect appeared to still be inside, as officers approached the vehicle with their weapons drawn.
Footage showed the moment hero police took a suspect into custody after the horror massacre at a Christchurch mosque
An Australian man who identified himself as Brenton Tarrant, 28, live streamed the attack on Friday afternoon
He filmed multiple weapons on the passenger seat and floor of his car before entering the mosque
On his weapons (pictured) were the names of fighters he admired
One officer reached inside the vehicle and dragged the driver out, as a second stood guard with their weapon drawn.
The footage also shows the officer hit the man, who is wearing dark clothing.
The arrest came after a police car pushed the gunman’s vehicle into the kerb.
Four people, one woman and three men, have been arrested over the horrific shooting so far, which has killed 40 people and injured more than 20.
A gunman who identified himself as Australian man Brenton Tarrant, 28, filmed himself driving to the mosque listening to folk music with half-a-dozen weapons on the floor of his vehicle.
Tarrant also posted a 87-page manifesto to Twitter before the killings, describing them as a ‘terrorist attack’.
In the manifesto, where he also identifies as a white supremacist, the man says he is of ‘British stock’.
The armed offenders squad was called in to help after the horror attack
As Tarrant drove to the mosque, he had at least three rifles on the floor of the passenger side of his car
Police were able to stop one suspect by wedging their station wagon between a cop car and a gutter in a residential street
They were seen approaching with their weapons drawn before pulling a person in dark clothing out of the vehicle
People were also reportedly shot at the nearby Linwood Masjid mosque on Friday afternoon, and there were reports of another shooting outside Christchurch Hospital and a bomb found in a car three kilometres from the mosque.
Police have urged people near the area to stay indoors and report suspicious behaviour, describing the incident as ‘critical’.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters on Friday there had been ‘huge acts of bravery’ to make the arrests, but warned anyone against assuming the threat was over.
He said there had been bombs found on cars in Christchurch, but the Defence Force had ‘taken care of that’.
Without going into detail, the Commissioner also said: ‘There was a claim, and that person is safe.’
He urged Muslims in New Zealand not to go to mosques today.
Police said officers had also found bombs attached to cars
Up to 30 people are reported to have died in Friday’s attack, with many more injured