Gun-wielding man tackled to ground as he points weapon at officer

Dramatic moment gun-wielding man is tackled to the ground as he points weapon at police officer during arrest for assaulting his wife

  • Police visited Leigh Walkington’s home in Northwold, Norfolk on July 9 at 7.34pm
  • Bodycam captures officer charging at Walkington as he brandishes black pistol
  • Sentenced to 13 months in prison for assault and having an imitation firearm

This is the dramatic moment a gun-wielding man is tackled to the ground as he points a weapon at a police officer during an arrest for assaulting his wife. 

The incident happened when police visited Leigh Walkington’s cottage in Northwold, Norfolk on July 9 at 7.34pm. 

A bodycam captures the officer charging at Walkington, 43, as he brandishes a black pistol – later found to be an imitation gun.

Unsure whether the gun was real, the officer restrained Walkington in a matter of seconds after he grabbed the weapon from a table.  

A bodycam captures the officer charging at Leigh Walkington (pictured), 43, as he brandishes a black pistol – later found to be an imitation gun

The ordeal happened when police visited Walkington’s cottage in Northwold, Norfolk on July 9 at 7.34pm after he was accused of assaulting his wife

In the video, Walkington stands at his front door wearing a Marvel comics t-shirt with a ‘Dream Team’ caption as four officers explain that he is under arrest for ‘revenge porn’ and ‘ABH’.

Within seconds he tries to shut the glass-fronted door and retreats into his house to grab the replica gun from a table.

He yells ‘get out’ and points the gun at the officer who has followed him inside the brightly-lit room.

The officer shouts ‘no’ and chases Walkington to the back door as he holds the gun in his left hand.

One cop tells Walkington: ‘Officer with a taser, put the f***ing thing down now.’

A dog can be heard barking as the officers struggle to disarm Walkington, who groans and says ‘get out, leave me alone’.

Just over 30 seconds after the ordeal began, four officers successfully restrain Walkington.

Walkington was sentenced to 13 months in prison this month after he admitted assault by beating and having an imitation firearm with intent to resist arrest. 

In the video, Walkington stands at his front door wearing a Marvel comics t-shirt with a ‘Dream Team’ caption as four officers explain that he is under arrest for ‘revenge porn’ and ‘ABH’

Within seconds he tries to shut the glass-fronted door and retreats into his house to grab the replica gun from a table

A dog can be heard barking as the officers struggle to disarm Walkington, who groans and says ‘get out, leave me alone’

Speaking after the incident, one officer said: ‘When Walkington produced the firearm from the table and pointed it at me, I had no idea what he intended to do.

‘Given the chance, I believe he would have used it against us or himself.

‘I had colleagues with tasers but in that moment, I reacted on instinct and with the help of my colleagues, gained control of him.

‘His behaviour only changed when more of us got involved, if there hadn’t have been four of us there, the situation could have been very different.

‘I felt quite shaken afterwards but I’m glad we were able to resolve it safely because if we hadn’t, someone could have been seriously injured or worse.’ 

Inspector Chris Smith, of Norfolk Police, said: ‘This was a scary situation for officers to be faced with, particularly as they’re not firearms trained.

‘You can see from the body-worn video how quickly Walkington’s behaviour changes and had it not been for the swift reaction of officers at the scene, it could have ended very differently.

‘Incidents involving firearms, whether genuine or imitation, are dealt with seriously because of the threat they pose and in the heat of the moment, it’s impossible to tell whether a firearm is real or fake.’

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