Officer praised for tackling gunman

An officer from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has been praised for his bravery after tackling a man armed with a replica handgun.

Feb 4, 2022
By Tony Thompson

The incident began when a solo motorcycle officer pursued a car in the Camden area of North London just after 7.30am this morning (February 4) after it failed to stop.

A statement issued by the MPS said: “The vehicle collided with street furniture in Mornington Crescent, near the junction with Harrington Square NW1. A man got out of the car and was challenged by the pursuing officer, who drew his Taser.

“The man reached for his waistband and retrieved what appears to be a black firearm. He dropped it before quickly picking it back up and aiming it directly at the officer. The officer detained the man. Taser was discharged and the man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm.

“The item has been seized for specialist examination to determine whether it is a viable firearm or a replica.

“The officer, who is attached to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, was uninjured. There were no reports of any injuries to any members of the public.”

The incident was captured on video by a passer-by and has been shared on social media channels.

Chief Superintendent Roy Smith said: “We are aware of a video circulating online and can assure the public we are taking care of the officer’s welfare.

“His actions in the circumstances are nothing short of incredible. He had no idea if the item being pointed at him was a replica or a lethal weapon and yet he maintained his composure and detained the suspect.

“Each day police officers put on the uniform and put themselves in danger to protect Londoners. This is a perfect example of the bravery and selflessness that they exhibit so often.”

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