Video footage has been released of the heart-wrenching moment three police officers are attacked with a hammer.
Police officers attending suspicious incident find a man hiding within a bin area, He is holding a hammer and immediately attacks the officers.
The female Police Officer screams as she is attacked with the hammer. They were dealing with a routine policing incident when they came under attack. Jamshid
Jamshid Piruz, 34, unemployed has now been sentenced to life at Hove Crown Court for various offences including two counts of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent.
It stems from a call police received on 7 January 2016 to report a man had been seen acting suspiciously in Stagelands, Langley Green.
Officers responded to a 999 call from a member of the public reporting that a man had been acting suspiciously.
Officers located him and he was carrying a hammer and hiding within a confined bin area.
The whole incident was captured on body worn video and show’s Piruz confront officers from where he is hiding.
He makes threats to the officers with the hammer. The cops deployed two Taser shots but it has no impact.
Officers withdrew the Tazer to ensure more space was created between them and the Piruz that they could ensure they could safely arrest the Piruz.
Piruz was subsequently charged with burglary, affray and two counts of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent. He pleaded guilty to these charges on 28 November and was sentenced on 13 January.
Piruz was given two life sentences for the attempted grievous bodily harm offences to run concurrently, for which he will serve a minimum of five years, as well as 9 months for the affray and 6 months for the burglary.
Speaking after the sentencing Detective Constable James Gwynne said: “This was a particularly violent incident and one which highlights the real risk our officers can face when they do their job.
“I would like to commend the arresting officers for their bravery and professionalism in apprehending Piruz.
“Piruz’s conviction would not have come about without the dedicated team of officers working throughout the investigation and I am pleased with the custodial sentence given.”
While assaults on officers do happen, Sussex Police’s commitment is to do everything we can to minimise the occurrence of these incidents and when they do happen, that they are dealt with, with the same level and care and focus that we would a member of the public.
We will not tolerate violence against officers and staff and we are committed to being robust in pursuing the offenders and bringing them to justice.