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Brave South Yorkshire Police officers tackled gunman to the ground after he opened fire in Sheffield bar

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Two heroic police officers have been nominated in the Police Bravery Awards after confronting a man who fired a handgun inside a Sheffield bar last year.

Police were able to arrest Luca Premi, then 24, who was later sentenced to three years in prison, thanks to the efforts of PC Emma Rae and PC Karen Gunnill.

The incident occurred in January 2020 when Mr Premi went into Kettle Black on Ecclesall Road armed with a handgun and later discharged it in front of horrified members of the public.

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The brave officers pursued and then tackled Mr Premi, not knowing whether he was still carrying the weapon.

Detective Constable Mo Khan, who investigated, said that on the evening the trouble occurred Mr Premi had been removed from the bar after an altercation with another man, but he returned a short time later.

Det Con Khan said: “Once back inside, Premi took a firearm from under his clothing and pointed it towards the man he’d been arguing with. He fired in the direction of his victim and then went on to attack the man, pistol-whipping him in front of a crowd of people and causing significant injuries.



PC Karen Gunnill has been nominated for an award
PC Karen Gunnill has been nominated for an award

“Premi then fled the bar, casually hailing a taxi on Ecclesall Road as if nothing had happened just moments before.

“Officers who were alerted to the incident unfolding pursued the taxi and then followed Premi on foot as he tried to escape through Ponderosa Park. They bravely tackled him, not knowing whether he was still carrying the weapon. He was detained shortly afterwards and found in possession of a knife.”

South Yorkshire’s Federation Chair Steve Kent also praised the bravery of the duo.

“They are police officers through and through. They carried on towards that danger with one thought in their minds: to protect the public from this dangerous individual,” he said.



Luca Premi fired a gun inside Kettle Black in Ecclesall Road

The officers were originally nominated for the Police Bravery Awards 2020, which had to be postponed due to Covid-19.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony this year.

Mr Premi, of Treswell Crescent, Hillsborough, pleaded guilty to assault, possession of an imitation firearm and possession of a bladed article at a hearing and was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court in March 2020.

Written by: Rother Radio News


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