Two North Wales officers who attacked gunman win Welsh Police bravery award

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Job : Wed 13 October 2021

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Two North Wales officers who attacked a gunman who forced his way into the home of a woman he had previously allegedly sexually assaulted have won a National Police Bravery Award for their region .

PCs Richard Shea and Matt Reynolds, who retired in June after 30 years of service, have previously received the Fletcher Strength Award which is given annually to an officer or officers who have displayed gallantry exceptional.

Two-armed Response Vehicle officers were called to an address in Llandudno Junction in June last year following reports that a man armed with a gun was forcing his way into a property after having already attacked a woman earlier in the night while young children were at the address.

Several calls to police suggested he was armed with a machine gun, although it was later reported that it may have been a BB gun.

“The risk was still considered very high, given that he was armed, he posed a risk to the victim, there were children in the house and there were members of the public nearby,” Mark Jones said. , secretary of North Wales Police Federation who nominated the two officers for the award.

“These officers went straight to the scene because any delay could result in death and I’m sure their brave actions and putting themselves in danger saved someone from being seriously injured or killed.”

Upon arriving at the scene, PC Shea, who has been with the force for six years, took the lead and headed for the property.

As he approached the front door, he saw what was clearly a plastic barrel sticking out of the door.

He made a life or death decision in a split second and, had he not received further information that the subject was possibly armed with a BB gun and the lighting did not hadn’t been so supportive, he would have shot the man.

But when PC Shea told him to show his hands, the man ran into the property.

PC Reynolds discharged his taser, but it was ineffective as the man attempted to slam the door.

Having stopped the door from closing, PC Reynolds struggled with the man who could be seen through the frosted glass.

PC Shea helped hold the door open and was able to discharge his taser in the direction of the man, causing him to collapse behind the door.

A large kitchen knife was later found next to him. The two officers arrested him and removed him from the property.

Their supervisor, PS Tash Doran-Jones, said afterwards: ‘They were confronted with a difficult report regarding a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman before the call, returning to her address trying to force her entry , armed with a pistol.

“I believe their bravery, decision making and threat assessment on the night not only prevented the female victim and members of the public from harm, but also avoided harm to the subject.”

John Apter, National Chairman of the Police Federation, said: “We are incredibly proud of all the nominees from across England and Wales.

“The actions of these brave officers provide a small glimpse of the incredible work our colleagues do day in and day out.

“These officers faced every firearms officer’s worst nightmare – a split-second decision on whether to shoot a suspect who was pointing a gun at them.

“Despite the pressure they were under, their quick thinking and willingness to run into danger meant that order could be restored to a terrified community with no loss of life. They should be incredibly proud, like us, of their actions.

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