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Watch as firearms officers swoop on gunman and recover pistol hidden under car

This is the moment firearms officers swooped on a suspected gunman after a plain-clothes colleague spotted him at McDonald’s.

Andre Sargeant, 21, had been wanted by police as part of an ongoing investigation into possession of guns when he was seen in the window of the Bristol Road fast food chain.

The unarmed officer called in support and firearms teams closed in on Sargeant, who was carrying a black manbag.

He fled from officers, ditching his bag under a car. He was captured a short time later, and a search of the bag found a loaded pistol.

Yesterday (Thursday) at Birmingham Crown Court, Sargeant, of Rickman Drive, Lea Bank, was jailed for six years.

He admitted possession of the firearm and ammunition which was discovered on the afternoon of 2 October last year.

Andre Sargeant
Andre Sargeant

Supt Tom Joyce, who oversees the Birmingham Organised Crime Team which secured the conviction, said: “This was great work by detectives and firearms officers who worked quickly to get Sargeant safely in handcuffs within minutes of him being spotted.

The gun recovered by officers
The gun recovered from the bag

“The arrest also led directly to the recovery of a loaded, lethal weapon, which would no doubt have been used to cause fear, injury or death on the streets of the West Midlands.

“The Organised Crime Team continues to use a whole range of tactics to disrupt gangs and serious criminality, while working with other agencies to ensure young people are steered away from that lifestyle.”   

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