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A police officer who had a replica gun pointed at him has been commended for his ‘exceptional bravery’ in dealing with the confrontation.
PC Ryan Moody, who did not know the handgun was a replica until the man was arrested, was honoured with a Chief Constable’s Commendation Award by Chief Constable Francis Habgood for his actions.
During the early hours of Sunday, July 26, PC Moody was on plain-clothed bike duty with colleagues in the Cippenham area responding to ongoing reports of anti-social behaviour and drug dealing.
At about 1.45am, PC Moody spotted a group of three males in an alleyway near Cippenham Lane. As the officers approached the trio, two of them ran away leaving the third man standing alone.
PC Moody remained with this man whilst his colleagues chased the other two males.
Shortly after PC Moody introduced himself as a police officer, due to him being in plain clothes, the man pulled out a handgun and pointed directly at him.
PC Moody immediately drew his captor spray and was able to take control of the situation and the man using tactical communications. He was then assisted by another police officer who had returned to the scene.
PC Moody arrested the man using minimal force despite being faced with a potentially lethal situation at that time.
The 23-year-old man was subsequently charged with being in possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: “These officers and individuals are fully deserving of these commendations.
“We have examples of courage and professionalism in the face of extremely difficult and, in some cases, life-threatening incidents.
“While the officers are, of course, trained to deal with such incidents, to face these while dealing with heightened situations unfolding around them is a real skill and they deserve recognition for their quick-thinking actions.”
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