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Bodycam footage reveals moment Suffolk Police officers Jordan Tuck and Peter French stopped shotgun wielding man who threatened to kill three children in Great Cornard




The moment a crazed gunman pointed a loaded shotgun at two police officers and threatened to shoot them has been revealed on video for the first time.

Pc Jordan Tuck, from Sudbury station, and Pc Peter French, from Stowmarket, were nominated for the prestigious Police Bravery Awards after rescuing three children from the armed man.

The bodycam footage, revealed publicly for the first time, shows the moment the two officers went above and beyond the call of duty and stopped a man who threatened to kill the children.

They were dispatched to the Great Cornard address because of a 999 call reporting a domestic incident, and when they entered it looked like it 'had been struck by a hurricane'.

With ornaments and glass strewn over the floors of every room, on arrival they were confronted by a gun wielding man who refused to drop his weapon.

The pair managed to lead three frightened children and one adult to safety before returning to deal with the gunman, who according to one of the children had said he 'was going to kill them all'.

PC Peter French and PC Jordan Tuck, who were nominated for a bravery award.
PC Peter French and PC Jordan Tuck, who were nominated for a bravery award.

The man then doused a shed in petrol and set light to it, threatening next door properties. As the officers waited for armed back-up, the man dropped the weapon to the ground and appeared to be less agitated.

It gave the officers the opportunity they had been waiting for and they managed to get him and the shotgun under their control.

Suffolk Police Federation chairman Darren Harris said the officers had been understandably fearful for their lives, but that had not stopped them from saving the lives of everyone in the house.

The man held a gun up and pointed it at offers, threatening to shoot them.
The man held a gun up and pointed it at offers, threatening to shoot them.

The man in the video appeared at Ipswich Crown Court and admitted a string of firearms charges, along with other offences.

On Tuesday, Pc Tuck and Pc French missed out on being named overall 2020 winner, with that accolade going to Pc Stuart Outten, from the Metropolitan Police.

Suffolk PCs Pete French and Jordan Tuck honoured at Police Bravery Awards in London. Picture: Suffolk PolFed
Suffolk PCs Pete French and Jordan Tuck honoured at Police Bravery Awards in London. Picture: Suffolk PolFed

In addition to Pc Outten’s award, six regional winners were named:

  • Ps Simon Hogg, Pc Paul Jackson and retired Pc Paul Cowling, Durham
  • Ps Amos Durose and Pc Kristian Avons, Staffordshire
  • Pc Geoff Marshall, Derbyshire
  • Pc Roz Fricker, Dorset
  • Pc Richard Shea, Pc Matthew Reynolds, North Wales
  • Pc Joanna Wilber and Pc Jack Wilber, Greater Manchester

A total of 93 nominees from 42 forces in England and Wales were honoured at the 2020 event, which celebrated its 25th year.

He set fire to part of his garden shed, after dousing it in petrol, a blaze which threatened nearby properties.
He set fire to part of his garden shed, after dousing it in petrol, a blaze which threatened nearby properties.
The moment the man was arrested, who just moments later had threatened to shoot police officers.
The moment the man was arrested, who just moments later had threatened to shoot police officers.

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