Officers receive New Zealand Bravery Decoration for March 15 actions

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Police Commissioner Andrew Coster:

Chief Agents Jim Manning and Scott Carmody from Christchurch have today
were awarded the New Zealand Bravery Decoration for their actions
during the terrorist attacks of March 15.

The two officers risked their lives in 2019 to apprehend the present
convicted terrorist.

A detailed account of their actions is available in the quote below.

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said honors were welcome
recognition of the extreme courage shown by the two officers that day.

“As police officers we prepare for the worst and hope it never happens, but
on March 15, 2019, the worst really happened in Christchurch.

“Chief Constables Carmody and Manning have placed themselves in extreme danger of
stop the shooter and prevent further damage to the community.

“I am proud and delighted to see the bravery and skill of these
experienced frontline agents recognized by the nation through these
price.”

The two officers say they are honored to receive these awards.

“To receive this honor is an immense privilege, but any police officer in this
situation would have done the same, ”Chief Constable Manning said.

Chief Constable Carmody says the couple want to recognize 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 at the heart of our concerns. And
there were many, many people involved in the response, including many of our
fellow police officers, ”he said.

“This award is really for each of our colleagues involved in this
responnse. All were ready to put themselves in danger, and he
It could have been any of them that ran into that car that day.

Canterbury District Commander’s Superintendent John Price said we all need
hero that day.

“Those who responded, members of the community to the police and
other first responders, are real heroes. We honor them all today.

“I am immensely proud of Jim and Scott – their quick and clear thinking no
doubt has saved lives. Our communities are more secure for their knowledge, their experience,
and of course, bravery.

“Jim and Scott are incredibly humble, but these awards are a
symbol of much more than two heroic individuals, they say something about
who we are as New Zealanders.

“I would also like to thank the large number of local police personnel
and nationwide, were also involved in the days, weeks and months that followed
these horrible attacks. I am extremely proud of their actions and of the work
they continue to do so to keep our communities safe.

Chief Constable Manning joined the New Zealand Police in 1987 when
Constable Carmody joined the police in 1993. Both worked in Canterbury
Neighborhood for 28 years.

The New Zealand Bravery Decoration is the third highest Bravery Award after
the New Zealand Cross and the New Zealand Star of Bravery.

Note to media: Both officers politely decline any media requests and request
that the media do not contact them directly.

Senior Agents Carmody and Manning have shared their story publicly for the
first time at Ten-One Police Magazine. This story will be published later
today.

The decoration of New Zealand bravery
NZBD

Senior Agent Scott Eric CARMODY

For an exceptional act of bravery in a situation of danger

On March 15, 2019, Senior Constable Scott Carmody and a colleague were at a
gun training exercise day in Christchurch, when they were briefed on
the shooting at the Al Noor mosque.

Shortly before 1:40 p.m., a sniper launched an attack targeting two
mosques in Christchurch: Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue and The Linwood
Islamic Center on Linwood Avenue. The shooter, armed with semi-automatic
hunting rifles and assault rifles, along with several hundred cartridges, had
shot dead 51 people and injured 89 others, many seriously, during
his attacks on the two mosques.

Senior Constable Carmody and his colleague, both experienced officers,
considered the gunner’s options and made his way aboard a patrol vehicle, armed
with police issued guns, to what they thought was his possible exit
from the city.

Officers observed a vehicle matching the gunman’s description
vehicle weaving through traffic on a busy residential street and started to
follow it.

The shooter’s vehicle stopped at a red light and once
traffic started to flow again, Chief Constable Carmody and his colleague
identified a window of opportunity to stop the vehicle and prevent the shooter
inflicting further loss of life or injury.

Chief Constable Carmody and his colleague intentionally collided with the
target vehicle and positioned themselves to take immediate response measures.
The impact shunted the target vehicle and blocked the front of the police
vehicle on the driver’s side, and officers quickly exited the vehicle with
their weapons ready. Senior Officer Carmody held a position at
the rear passenger side door of the gunner’s vehicle with his service
gun pointed at the shooter.

The other officer was also covering the gunner at the front of the patrol
auto. They observed two guns across the front passenger seat and near
the shooter’s knees, and saw that the shooter was wearing a bulletproof vest
with a large knife attached. Officers decided to remove the gunman via
the rear of the vehicle. Senior Constable Carmody’s colleague moved to
rear of the gunner’s vehicle and opened the hatch, observing a number of
full gasoline containers, arranged in a configuration that appeared to be
designed as an improvised explosive device.

Chief Constable Carmody covered his colleague, who forcibly removed the
vehicle gunner. The two officers then dragged him a short distance
away, handcuff him and secure him in the process.

The decoration of New Zealand bravery
NZBD

Senior Agent James Andrew (Jim) MANNING

For an exceptional act of bravery in a situation of danger

On March 15, 2019, Senior Constable Jim Manning and a colleague were at a
gun training exercise day in Christchurch, when they were briefed on
a shootout at the Al Noor mosque.

Shortly before 1:40 p.m., a sniper launched an attack targeting two
mosques in Christchurch: Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue and The Linwood
Islamic Center on Linwood Avenue. The shooter, armed with semi-automatic
hunting rifles and assault rifles, along with several hundred cartridges, had
shot dead 51 people and injured 89 others, many seriously, during
his attacks on the two mosques.

Senior Officer Manning and his colleague, both experienced officers,
considered the gunner’s options and made his way aboard a patrol vehicle, armed
with police issued guns, to what they thought was his possible exit
from the city.
Officers observed a vehicle matching the gunman’s description
vehicle weaving through traffic on a busy residential street and started to
follow it.

The shooter’s vehicle stopped at a red light, and once
traffic resumed, Senior Constable Manning and his colleague
identified a window of opportunity to stop the vehicle and prevent the shooter
inflicting further loss of life or injury.

Chief Constable Manning and his colleague intentionally collided with the
target vehicle and positioned themselves to take immediate response measures.
The impact shunted the target vehicle and blocked the front of the police
vehicle on the driver’s side, and officers quickly exited with their
weapons at hand. Chief Constable Manning held a position at
front right corner of the patrol vehicle with its service weapon pointed
the shooter.

The other officer positioned himself on the passenger side of the vehicle
covering the shooter. They observed two guns across the front passenger
seat and close to the shooter’s knees, and I saw that the shooter was wearing a
bulletproof vest with a large knife attached. The agents decided to withdraw
the shooter from behind the vehicle. Chief Constable Manning moved to
rear and opened the hatch, where he saw a number of full gasoline containers
arranged in a configuration that seemed to be intended as an improvisation
Explosive device.

Chief Constable Manning, with his gun in his hand and his colleague
covering him, forcibly exited the gunman from the vehicle, and the two officers
dragged him a short distance, handcuffed him and tied him in the
to treat.

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