Three unarmed officers who tackled a man threatening them with a gun are among the police to be honoured for their bravery on Thursday.
The officers, a woman and two men, appear on the shortlist for this year’s Police Bravery awards, created to give an insight into the dangers faced by law enforcement on the streets .
Among others nominated are officers who ran into burning buildings, rushed into water, and saved people who had become suicidal from killing themselves. Also honoured are the officers who rugby tackled the man who shot and stabbed Labour MP Jo Cox to death.
This year’s awards come after the murder of an officer, PC Keith Palmer, as he defended parliament during a terrorist attack by Khalid Masood in March.
Three Northumbria officers, PCs Michael Otterson and Sarah Currie and Sgt Elliott Richardson, are nominated after they tackled a man brandishing a handgun.
Concerns had been raised by a community nurse about a man with a history of mental illness who had made threats of violence. Police searched for the man in Gateshead and spotted him entering a pub wearing body armour.
The officers followed and according to the citation: “When officers Currie and Otterson opened the door to the pub, they were confronted by the man, holding a firearm and leveling it at them.”
They struggled with the man to wrestle the gun off him, with a third officer and a member of the public joining in. During the struggle the gun went off, but there were no injuries.
The man had a rucksack which when searched contained two handguns, a crossbow, a pack of throwing knives, home-made petrol bombs, and smoke grenades.
The man when questioned said he had armed himself so he could injure police officers, believing it was the only way he could get proper treatment for his mental health conditions, which include schizophrenia and paranoia.
Also nominated are Lincolnshire officers, who while off duty, tackled an armed robber brandishing a shotgun.
Nominees had a reception at Downing Street and will be honoured on Thursday night at a central London ceremony attended by the home secretary, Amber Rudd.