Shooter not guilty of trying to kill police

Tolu Ma'anaiama, 33, at the High Court in Christchurch. Photo: Kurt Bayer
Tolu Ma'anaiama, 33, at the High Court in Christchurch. Photo: Kurt Bayer
A 33-year-old has been found not guilty of attempted murder after a shootout with police in suburban Christchurch.

But Tolu Ma'anaiama was found guilty on four charges of using a firearm against officers who were trying to arrest him in Evelyn Couzins Ave, Richmond, in late February.

Ma'anaiama told the High Court he fired down the middle of the road without aiming at anyone to try to get the police to shoot and kill him, but the Crown contended they were aimed shots, Stuff reported on Friday.

He did not hit the officers, but was shot three times in the barrage of return fire.

A man is held down by police in Christchurch after the incident. Photo: Video screengrab
A man is held down by police in Christchurch after the incident. Photo: Video screengrab
The jury acquitted him on charges of attempted murder of two officers for firing a shotgun, and of assaulting an officer using a vehicle as a weapon as he evaded road spikes after a car chase.

Ma'anaiama was remanded in custody for sentencing on March 25.

The jury retired to consider its verdicts on Thursday morning and came back with its decisions more than 24 hours later.