A man shot by police officers after he allegedly pointed an imitation gun at them has today been denied bail for a third time.

Murray James Allan, 24, suffered minor injuries after allegedly pointing the blank firing pistol at constables who approached a car he was in about 2am in the Christchurch suburb of Woolston on February 4 this year.

When Allan, of the Parklands area of the city, first appeared at the Christchurch District Court, a bandage covered his forehead above his left eye.

He denies three charges, including carrying an imitation firearm, namely a blank firing pistol, except for lawful, proper or sufficient purpose, assaulting a police constable with the blank firing pistol, and possession of 9mm ammunition. He also faces three charges of dishonestly using documents.

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At Christchurch District Court today, he applied for electronic bail via audio visual link from prison.

After submissions by police, who opposed bail, and defence Serina Bailey, Judge Stephen O'Driscoll refused bail.

Earlier, a judge granted a police application to have the names of three witnesses - all serving police officers - suppressed on the grounds of undue hardship. They have not been named in open court.

A 37-year-old man also allegedly in the car that night has been charged with possessing drug utensils.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has been notified.