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Officers and staff from Northumbria Police praised for life-saving actions

29 Aug 2018 11:00 AM

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The quick-thinking actions of officers and staff from Northumbria Police have been praised for saving the life of a man who shot himself.

A report by the IOPC (Independent Office For Police Conduct) states all those involved in the incident earlier this year should be “commended”.

In January, armed officers responded to reports of a man in possession of a firearm who had driven from his home with the intention of taking his own life. He was found by police in a supermarket car park, but drove off and failed to stop when requested.

Shortly afterwards, officers were able to bring the vehicle to a standstill. Officers then approached and warned the man to drop his weapon. However, he discharged his firearm, causing serious injuries to his cheek.

At this point, officers provided first aid until the arrival of paramedics.

The report states: “It was our view that every officer and member of staff involved in this incident played a critical role in locating the man, preserving the safety of the public and the police officers involved in the search, and ultimately providing him with immediate life-saving first aid.

“Had the man not been located by officers, the outcome could have been very different and all those involved should be commended for the part they played in the positive outcome of this incident.”

It is standard practice for the IOPC to investigate incidents of this nature following police involvement.

The report, published today (Wednesday), states it found no indication “any police officer may have behaved in a manner that would justify the bringing of disciplinary proceedings or committed a criminal offence”.

Assistant Chief Constable Helen McMillan, of Northumbria Police, praised those involved in the operation for displaying “high levels of professionalism”.

She added: “First and foremost, I am pleased that the man involved in this incident survived his serious injuries.

“Without the quick-thinking actions of our officers and staff this could have ended very differently.

“I want to praise the high levels of professionalism displayed throughout, from when the initial call came in to those officers on the ground who administered first aid.

“I am proud of their actions, which maintained the safety of the wider public and ultimately saved the life of a vulnerable member of our community.”

You can read a summary of the report here:

https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/recommendations/contact-between-armed-officers-and-man-northumbria-police-january-2018