A police officer has described how he feared for his life when a person appeared to level a gun at his face and threaten to shoot him.
Sergeant Tony Webb, of West Midlands Police, was responding to studies of a disturbance in Erdington, Birmingham, with a colleague simply earlier than midnight on 13 April.
He noticed a person grabbing a girl by the neck after which throwing her to the ground earlier than kicking her within the ribs.
Sgt Webb gave chase and adopted the person to a property, the place he turned and pointed a handgun-shaped object within the officer’s face and threatened to “blast” him.
Bodycam footage exhibits armed officers detaining the gunman, Andrew Cullen, moments later.
One officer runs after Cullen after passing a girl crying on the ground, earlier than approaching him and shouting: “He is bought a gun! Drop it now!”
Extra officers strategy and Cullen lifts his fingers into the air, locations the obvious weapon on the ground, and crouches down.
It was really a realistic-looking BB gun.
“It was a really scary scenario… I assumed the person was pointing a viable firearm at me,” Sgt Webb mentioned.
“I’ve recovered and dealt with quite a few firearms throughout my police profession, and there was nothing within the look of the gun that gave me any impression it was something aside from real,” the officer added.
“Fortunately, the ARV (armed response car) was shut by and the officers arrived inside a couple of seconds.
“Wanting again on the footage, it demonstrates the superb decision-making and restraint proven by the three firearms officers. They wanted to make split-second choices when confronted with an armed risk and handled it fantastically.
“Cullen is clearly a person who’s prepared to make use of severe violence. I am vastly grateful for the speedy arrival of my armed colleagues.”
Chief Inspector Jason Nunn, from the firearms unit, mentioned: “This video demonstrates the split-second choices officers are confronted with, in fast paced and dynamic conditions, each day when encountering armed or doubtlessly armed topics.
“It is a testomony to their professionalism and the excessive stage of coaching they obtain that they had been in a position to convey this incident to a protected conclusion.”
On Friday, Cullen, 42, was sentenced to a few years and three months in jail after he admitted possessing an imitation gun with the intent to trigger concern of violence, plus assaulting the girl.
Detective Constable Ian Phillips mentioned: “The girl was subjected to a horrific assault. She was thrown fairly a ways by Cullen, banging her head, adopted by two robust kicks. She was fortunate to not be significantly damage.
“It was a vicious, cowardly assault and it is proper Cullen has been handed a jail time period.”