30 Sep 2008

Officers awarded bravery medals for killer's capture

10:28 pm on 30 September 2008

Two police officers have received awards for their courage in capturing armed gunman Graeme Burton in 2007 near Wellington.

But the officers receiving the New Zealand Bravery Star have asked not to be named for security reasons.

The men found shooting victim Karl Kuchenbecker already dead and others injured in a firebreak above Lower Hutt.

Police Commissioner Howard Broad says their actions stopped Burton's rampage and protected others from being shot or injured and police are very proud of the officers.

Burton is serving a term of life imprisonment on a number of charges, including the murder of Mr Kuchenbecker.

The New Zealand Bravery Star, second to the New Zealand Bravery Cross, replaced the George Medal in 1999.

Governor-General Anand Satyanand presented the decorations at a private investiture at Government House, in Wellington, on Tuesday.