Police Federation

Awards nominee: Essex

Gunman points weapon at brave PCs

PC Avive Martin and PC Nick Hayter

PC Avive Martin and PC Nick Hayter

PC Nick Hayter responded to reports of a possible burglary with his tutee, PC Avive Martin who was on her fourth ever duty. At the back of the house PC Hayter found a smashed window and saw the back of a suspect running towards the front door, so ran to join PC Martin at the front.
A suspect came out the house holding a torch and a black handgun. PC Martin shouted that the suspect was armed, when he pointed the gun directly at her face and said “get back, I have a gun”.

PC Martin activated her emergency button and was joined at the front of the house by PC Hayter. The suspect pointed the gun alternately at both officers, shouting at them to get back and get on the floor. Both officers remained standing and PC Hayter stepped in front of PC Martin, putting himself between the gunman and his tutee. The suspect then ran off, so both officers ran after him passing clear updates to the control room.

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