Police were justified in shooting a knife-wielding Somalian
refugee who was on a violent rampage across Christchurch, the
Independent Police Conduct Authority has ruled.
Zakariye Mohamed Hussein kidnapped and stabbed 36-year-old
truck driver Marteine Robin before knifing a 55-year-old
council worker in a series of frenzied attacks on March 15.
He was subdued only when a police officer shot him twice at
close range with a Glock pistol.
In a report released today, IPCA chairman David Carruthers
said police had acted lawfully and justifiably when they shot
The officers had responded professionally to the unfolding
events, he said.
"The shooting was justified and police considered or used
other tactical options before resorting to a firearm.
"The immediate actions of several officers in response to the
threat posed by Mr Hussein demonstrated clear thinking and
professionalism in a rapidly unfolding critical incident."
Hussein broke into Redwood Primary School at about 7am on
March 15 and threatened caretaker Noel Batstone and a teacher
with a knife.
He then hijacked a food truck driven by Ms Robin and forced
her to drive across Christchurch at knifepoint.
During the drive he stabbed her in the shoulder.
She was able to escape while Hussein was momentarily
distracted by a traffic jam and appeal for help from a city
While the 55-year-old man was calling police, Hussein got
into his car and held a knife to his throat.
The worker was stabbed six times after deliberately crashing
his car into a wall in an attempt to escape.
Two police officers used pepper spray and a Taser in a
confrontation with Hussein at Hoon Hay Rd.
Hussein then ran at a third officer, who shot him in the
shoulder and wrist from a distance of about 2 metres with a
Sir David said he had looked at whether the officer should
have armed himself, the number of shots fired and whether
other tactical options had been attempted before deciding the
shooting was lawful.
He said police arranged for medical care to be given to
Hussein as soon as he was shot.
Last month Hussein was sentenced to six years and six months
in jail for possession of a knife, kidnapping, and intent to
cause grievous bodily harm.
- Hayden Donnell of nzherald.co.nz