Suppression lifts on man shot by police

A man shot in the face by police in Christchurch in February had his name suppression lifted in the Christchurch District Court today.

Murray James Allan, a 24-year-old Parklands man, had his charges amended in court today from possession of a pistol, and using the pistol against a member of the police.

He is now charged with carrying a blank firing pistol except for some lawful, proper, and sufficient purpose, assaulting a police officer with the pistol as a weapon, and possession of ammunition.

Judge Tom Gilbert was asked by the police prosecutor, Sergeant Andrew Norton, to suppress the names of the three police officers involved in the incident because of undue hardship. He said there was an internal investigation under way into the incident.

Judge Gilbert granted the suppression.

Allan was remanded without plea in custody for an appearance by video-link from Christchurch Men’s Prison on April 3.

Police said at the time that Allan was “extremely lucky” to be alive after he was shot in the face when he allegedly waved a firearm at the police.

The car he was in was riddled in bullet holes, and he was taken to hospital with a wound in his cheek after the incident on February 4 in Woolston.

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