This is the moment a brave police officer managed to arrest a suspect with the help of a hero taxi driver after being confronted by a gunman while responding to a routine burglary call.
Incredible footage taken on a body camera shows PC Jemma Follows with her Taser drawn as the teenager appears in the hallway of the house in Stourbridge, West Midlands, holding the firearm, on the evening of November 18.
The officer quickly withdraws as the teenager flees carrying the BB gun designed to look like a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, but PC Follows, 29, jumped into a taxi in a bid to track down the gunman and the other suspect involved.
The footage shows how PC Jemma Follows got a taxi ride to track down the criminals
Footage from the PC’s body camera, seen for the first time, captures the dramatic events unfold as a taxi driver took the officer to the where the suspects were last seen.
She then Tasered a 17-year-old who had been in the house and was acting aggressively. He was found to have a knife and cannabis in his possession.
The teenaged gunman, Reece Lones, was arrested two hours later after being spotted by firearms officers on Stourbridge High Street in front of Saturday night revellers.
Lones was jailed for two years and three months after admitting possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, on January 16, at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
PC Jemma Follows has been praised for her bravery and determination. Teenage gunman Reece Lones (right) has been jailed for possession of an imitation firearm
PC Follows, who’s been with the force since 2007, said after the case: ‘When I saw it, I thought anything could happen. Was I about to be shot?
‘It has reminded me not to be complacent. I’ve been to similar jobs since and to a degree. I did think: Is the same thing going to happen again?
‘It does stick with me, It’s a reminder not to let your guard down too much because you never know what’s going to happen.’
DC David Franks, who investigated the case, said: ‘This was fantastic police work by Pc Follows. She kept her calm throughout, and whether she was dealing with members of the public or suspects, she knew exactly what to do.’
The BB gun wielded during the incident was designed to look like a 9mm semi-automatic pistol
Superintendent Phil Dolby, who oversees the work of firearms officers, said: ‘This was a fantastic arrest by armed officers.
‘They used the minimum amount of force while using their training about using strong verbal commands to keep the suspect contained.’
Lones admitted that the gun was pointed at PC Follows as he moved, but tsaid he hadn’t deliberately aimed it and had only been messing about with it.
The teenager who was Tasered, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged by police and given a conditional caution at court, meaning he will need to attend knife and drugs awareness courses.