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Dramatic moment officer faces teenage gunman during routine callout

Photo: West Midlands Police

Dramatic footage shows the moment a police officer was confronted by a gunman while called to a routine call to a burglary.

Body worn video released for the first time today shows how Pc Jemma Follows cautiously makes her way through hallway of the house in Stourbridge. Pc Jemma Follows has her Taser drawn when the teenager emerges, but he vanishes and she withdraws from the house.

PC Follows then calls for backup and jumps in a taxi to track down the suspect and tasered and arrested another teenager who was at the property.

The night ended in dramatic fashion when the gunman, Reece Lones, was arrested after being spotted by firearms officers on Stourbridge High Street in front of Saturday night revellers.

Yesterday (16 January) Lones was jailed for more than two years after admitting possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Lones admitted in an interview that the gun was pointed at Pc Follows as he moved, but that he hadn’t deliberately aimed it and had "only been messing about with it"

PC Follows has been commended for her work in the case and for keeping calm throughout.

The 29-year-old has been with the West Midlands force since 2007 and said the experience reminded her "not to be complacent."

When I saw it, I thought anything could happen. Was I about to be shot?

It has reminded me not to be complacent. I’ve been to similar jobs since and to a degree, I did think: Is the same thing going to happen again?

It does stick with me. It’s a reminder not to let your guard down too much because you never know what’s going to happen.

– PC Jemma Follows