Police officer awarded after tackling Bromley Town Centre gunman
PUBLISHED: 14:23 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:23 21 March 2013
A police officer who was headbutted as he restrained a man armed with a gun in Bromley Town Centre has been awarded.
PC Card was handed a Commissioner’s Excellence in Total Policing Award for Outstanding Bravery of the Year, as well as being given a Safer Bromley Award in the Above and Beyond category.
He was despatched to investigate reports of a man collapsed in Kentish Way in September last year, where he found 50-year-old Shaun Michael Roberts lying next to a traffic island.
As the officer helped Roberts to his feet he staggered backwards and a small revolver fell from his pocket.
PC Card picked up the weapon and began searching Roberts when he began hurling verbal abuse, before headbutting the officer in the mouth.
The search uncovered a box of ammunition with 16 rounds and a balaclava.
Roberts, of Bradbourne Road, Bexley has been jailed for five years after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition at Croydon Crown Court last week.