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Armed police tell how they tackled suspect with sawn-off shotgun
7:33am Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
ARMED police arrested a man suspected of having a sawn-off shotgun in a three-storey block of flats in Southampton, jurors heard.
PC David Langford, the operation’s firearms commander, described how he and colleague Carl Harper went to Kingsdown Way, Townhill Park, after reports that the man – later identified as Charlie Rockett – had been making threats to kill.
In a statement read to the city crown court by prosecutor Edward Phillips, PC Langford said: “We identified ourselves as armed police officers and challenged him at gunpoint.”
He added: “I feared I would have to take action if the male continued to fail to comply.”
Rockett dropped to his knees and put his hands on his head. He was then arrested.
Jurors had heard police were called after a father and son were allegedly confronted by Rockett who threatened to kill them and their family.
Rockett, 19, of no fixed abode, denies possessing a prohibited weapon and two counts of possessing the weapon with intent to cause fear of violence.
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