Shoppers help off-duty officer arrest violent suspect in Kingswinford
4 July 2013
A POLICE officer has thanked shoppers who helped him make a dramatic off-duty arrest at a petrol station in Kingswinford this afternoon (4 July).
PC Ross Morgan was looking for something nice for his lunch in the chiller at Tesco Express on Moss Grove at around 1pm, when he spotted a man who he believed was stealing cans of deodorant.
He quickly identified himself as a police officer and went to detain the suspect who resisted arrest and threatened to stab him.
The pair became embroiled in a violent struggle as the officer tried to pin the man down, with passing shoppers coming to his aid.
PC Morgan explained: “I jumped on him but he was grabbing allsorts in the shop to try and get me off him – jars of pasta sauce, pieces of plastic – I was even bitten on both of my arms.
“Fortunately some other shoppers came to assist me and their help was invaluable – they put their own safety on the line and I can’t thank them enough.”
Nearby officers were quickly on the scene after a member of staff at the petrol station called police on 999.
A 32–year-old from Wolverhampton man was arrested on suspicion of theft, assaulting a police officer and drugs possession. He remains in custody this afternoon.
Chief Inspector Mark Bramwell, from Dudley Police, said: “Police officers are never truly off duty and this incident highlights how every day they put their lives on the line to protect the community. In this instance members of the public also risked their own safety and should be praised for their quick-thinking actions and for unnecessarily putting themselves in harm’s way.
“Whilst we would never encourage anyone to put themselves in a position where they feel threatened or fearful for their own safety, often when people see a crime being committed, they act instinctively to intervene and help out.
“Regardless of the circumstances, if anyone witnesses a crime in progress, their first action should be to dial 999 to alert police and get officers to the scene within minutes."
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