Man arrested after firearms incident in Mornington Crescent

A replica gun has been seized after a man pointed it at a police officer

Friday, 4th February — By Isabelle Stanley

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A MAN has been arrested after aiming a replica gun at a police officer this morning in Mornington Crescent. 

At around 7 45am, a solo officer on a motorbike pursued a car to the Black Cat building after it failed to stop. The car collided with street furniture and came to a halt.

A man then got out of the car and was challenged by the officer, who drew his taser. The man then pulled out a black gun from his waistband. He dropped the gun but quickly picked it up and pointed it straight at the officer. 

A video of the event, that has been shared widely on social media, shows the man lowering the weapon, allowing the officer to quickly tackle and detain him. The officer deployed his taser and arrested the man on suspicion of possessing a firearm. 

The man has been taken to hospital prior to going into police custody. The officer was unharmed and no members of the public are thought to have been injured. 

Firearms officers responded to the incident and police remain at the scene. The gun has been taken for examination but at this point is is thought to be a replica. 

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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