A man shot in the face by police in a Woolston firearms incident in February has admitted six charges and is in custody for sentencing.
Twenty-four-year-old Murray James Allan, of Parklands, was remanded in custody for sentencing on August 10 by Judge Bridget Mackintosh in the Christchurch District Court today.
Allan admitted in an interview with police that he was an idiot for pulling a gun, which turned out to be a blank firing pistol. Police found afterwards that the pistol contained a blank round as well as a live round.
He admitted charges of assault with a weapon, unlawful possession of an imitation firearm and ammunition, and three charges of dishonestly using stolen cheques.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Glenn Pascoe said two officers were patrolling in Woolston about 2am on February 4, looking for a suicidal man. They spoke to two men they saw in a parked car.
One of the officers believed he saw a cannabis pipe in the car and told the men the car would be searched. He also requested backup because he recognised Allan.
Police intelligence had previously advised that Allan was believed to have a firearm.
The officers told the men to keep their hands up, and in sight.
A third officer then arrived and parked his patrol car in front of the vehicle.
They then saw Allan reach into a backpack in the car’s footwell and remove a pistol.
“He directed the pistol in the direction of one of the constables,” said Sergeant Pascoe.
The third constable to arrive immediately fired and hit Allan on the right side of his face.
Once he was no longer seen as a threat, the police provided first aid and called for an ambulance which transported him to Christchurch Hospital.
When the car was examined late that day, a blank firing pistol was found on the passenger side of the dashboard. It contained two rounds in the magazine – one a blank round, but the other a 9mm live round.
None of the police were injured.
When he was interviewed, Allan told police: “I’m a f—-n idiot aren’t I? I pulled a gun on the cops. I tried to gap it so I pulled a gun on the cops.”
“Gap it” means to run from the scene of a crime.
Defence counsel Serina Bailey said Allan acknowledged his need for drug rehabilitation, and Judge Mackintosh ordered an assessment for alcohol and drug rehabilitation ahead of his sentencing.