Two Devon and Cornwall officers who confronted a chainsaw-wielding man nominated for a national Police Bravery Award.
PC Karl Wood and PC Moore will be recognised at the 22nd Police Bravery Awards next month, at a fitting ceremony in London. The awards honour and recognise police officers who performed outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty, hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales, and sponsored by Police Mutual.
On 29 July 2016 police were alerted that a man was threatening his father with knives, chainsaw and an axe in Camelford. The offender then went into the street where he encountered an off duty PCSO and made threats to ‘cut a police officer in half’.
PCs Wood and Moore drove to the scene and found the offender wielding the chainsaw and holding an axe above his head. They put distance between themselves and the man and called for assistance. PC Moore stepped out of the police van and drew his Taser, using the vehicle’s door as a shield. As the man charged forwards shouting ‘I’m going to rip you open’ PC Moore discharged the Taser causing him to fall backwards.
After a second discharge the officers were able to disarm the offender, who was taken to hospital before being taken to custody. Both officers received a Chief Superintendents’ Commendation.
Chair of the Devon and Cornwall Police Federation, Janice Adam, said: “The quick thinking and heroic actions of the officers resulted in the safe detention and arrest of a dangerous offender. Their courageous actions represent the very best of the police service.”
Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual, said: “Police Mutual is very proud to be supporting the Police Bravery Awards for the ninth consecutive year. I am always astounded by police officers’ acts of bravery and my colleagues and I continue to be inspired by their dedication. They are a true inspiration and I feel privileged and humbled to be part of the Awards again.”
Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News