- A cellphone video appears to show the arrest of a New Zealand mosque shooting suspect on Friday.
- In the video, two police officers with guns drawn can be seen carefully circling a car that appears to have been rammed onto a curb by a police cruiser, before dragging out a suspect dressed in dark clothing.
- At least 49 people were killed and some 48 others were injured in an attack on two Christchurch mosques.
- Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared to refer to the video during a press conference with reporters, praising the officers as having gone “above and beyond” to make the arrest.
- Read our full coverage of the New Zealand shooting here.
A video taken by a bystander appears to show the arrest of a suspect involved in a New Zealand massacre that killed dozens of worshippers on Friday.
Police said at least 49 people were killed and some 48 others were injured in an attack on two Christchurch mosques, in what has widely been viewed as a racist terror attack.
In the video of the suspect’s arrest, which was picked up by local news outlets quickly after the shooting, two police officers with guns drawn can be seen carefully circling a car that a police cruiser appears to have rammed onto a curb.
The wheels of the car are still spinning as the officers draw closer, eventually opening the driver’s side door and dragging out a figure dressed in dark clothing, whom they pin to the ground and appear to handcuff.
New Zealand police have released little information about the suspect and his capture. They described the gunman only as a 28-year-old man who has been charged with murder. They added that he’s set to appear in court Saturday morning.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush praised the officers who responded to the attack, telling reporters that officers went “above and beyond” to arrest the suspect.
“I would also like to commend – and some of you would have seen – the brave actions on social media of police staff who responded to this incident,” he said. “I take my hat off to all of my staff. I’m extremely proud of what they’ve done today.”
Media outlets have identified the suspect as Brenton Tarrant, an Australian man, but police declined to confirm his identity.
The day before the shooting, a racist, anti-Muslim manifesto claiming responsibility for the shooting was posted on Tarrant’s Twitter account. Twitter and Facebook have suspended Tarrant’s accounts.
Police also arrested three other people in connection with the massacre, including two men and one woman. Two of those people were armed at the scene of the shooting, but one of them was likely “not related” to the attack, authorities said.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison also confirmed to media that one of the four people arrested was an Australian-born citizen.
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