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The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has commended officers for their calm and professional manner, as outlined in an IOPC investigation, into a firearms incident in Bromsgrove.

The investigation highlighted the ‘good practice’ use of body worn video which captured the man failing to comply, lifting his weapon and pointing it at officers.

Commissioner John Campion said “Those involved showed outstanding bravery, when faced with a frightening and fast paced situation. Our communities expect high standards of service and should be reassured that the investments made in body worn video, meant that the incident was clearly captured. This proved these highly skilled officers acted calmly and professionally in order to protect the public, and provided irrefutable evidence which has brought the offender to justice.”

55 year old, Edward Mark Williams pleaded guilty to escaping lawful custody, two counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and having an imitation firearm with intent to resist arrest. For more information on the case click here.

For more information on the outcome of the IOPC investigation click here.

Issued: Wednesday 23rd October 2019