Wellington, December 11, 2019
Police have named the two officers involved in the arrest of the alleged gunman responsible for the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques on March 15, 2019.
The two officers who apprehended the alleged gunman were Senior Constables Jim Manning and Scott Carmody of Canterbury District.
The name suppression order has been lifted by the court on December 10, 2019.
“This was an extraordinary event and we want to acknowledge the victims of this tragedy. Since March 15, 2019, we have received a huge amount of support from leaders at New Zealand Police such as Canterbury District Commander John Price, Commissioner Mike Bush and the Police Association,” the Senior Constables said.
In the weeks following March 15, 2019, Senior Constables Manning and Carmody were visited by the Commissioner and the Duke of Cambridge Prince William and presented with the Commissioner’s Gold Merit Award.
“Such honours are very humbling but this award is for all Police officers who put themselves in harm’s way every day. From our perspective we were doing our job and I know our colleagues would have done the same thing in that situation,” they said.
“Our actions are reflective of who we are as Police officers and as Kiwis. 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 on March 15, 2019,” Manning and Carmody said.
The glory of New Zealand Police
Police Commissioner Mike Bush said that the actions of Senior Constable Manning and Senior Constable Carmody on March 15, 2019 speak volumes to who they are as people and as police officers.
“They put their lives at risk to stop the alleged gunman and stop further harm. The events of 15 March were truly tragic and something we as a country have never seen before and I would hope never see again. I am proud to have been able to acknowledge the actions of Senior Constable Manning and Senior Constable Carmody with the presenting of the Commissioner’s Gold Merit Award,” he said.
Senior Constable Manning joined New Zealand Police in 1987 while Senior Constable Carmody joined Police in 1993.
Both have worked in Canterbury District for the last 26 years.
No further comments
While name suppression has been lifted that does not change the fact that the matter is still before the courts and given this Senior Constable Manning and Senior Constable Carmody are not in a position to speak further to their actions on March 15, 2019.
Media are asked to refrain from contacting the two officers at this time.
Source: New Zealand Police