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The moment a hero cop drags the suspected white supremacist shooter from his car in a dramatic roadside arrest just minutes after the Christchurch mosque massacre

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A fearless police officer has been hailed a hero after dramatically pulling one of the suspected Christchurch mosque shooters from a car during a dramatic roadside arrest.

Footage filmed by a passing motorist shows the gunman's white station wagon wedged between the gutter and another police car, with its front wheels spinning in the air.

The suspect is still inside the car as the two officer's approached the car with their weapons drawn - knowing the suspect would have been carrying multiple high-powered weapons.


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One officer reached inside the vehicle and dragged the driver out.

Police stand guard in Christchurch after bombs were found in cars. © Getty Police stand guard in Christchurch after bombs were found in cars.

The footage also shows the officer hit the man, who is wearing dark clothing.

The arrest came after a police car smashed into the gunman's station-wagon and into they kerb.

Three men and one woman are been arrested over the horrific shooting that's left 49 dead and 48 injured.

One gunman, who identified himself as Australian man Brenton Tarrant, 28, used a GoPro to film himself driving to the mosque listening to folk music with at least six weapons on the floor of his car.  Armed police stand guard in Christchurch. © Getty Armed police stand guard in Christchurch.

Tarrant also posted a 73-page manifesto to Twitter before the killings, describing them as a 'terrorist attack'.

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In the manifesto, where he also identifies himself as a white supremacist, he claims he's of 'British stock'.

People were also reportedly shot at the nearby Linwood Masjid mosque on Friday afternoon, and there were reports of another shooting outside Christchurch Hospital and a bomb found in a car three kilometres from the mosque.

Police have urged people near the area to stay indoors and report suspicious behaviour, describing the incident as 'critical'.  Police raid a home in Christchurch connected to the shooting. © Getty Police raid a home in Christchurch connected to the shooting.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters on Friday there had been 'huge acts of bravery' to make the arrests, but warned anyone against assuming the threat was over. He said there had been bombs found on cars in Christchurch, but the Defence Force had 'taken care of that'.

Without going into detail, the Commissioner also said: 'There was a claim, and that person is safe.'

He urged Muslims in New Zealand not to go to mosques today.

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