Off-duty Acocks Green special constable disarm man with firearm - The Solihull Observer

Off-duty Acocks Green special constable disarm man with firearm

Solihull Editorial 12th Jul, 2023   0

A BRAVE off-duty Acocks Green special constable disarmed a suspected gunman moments after a gunshot was fired.

Abdullah Bin Imad was about to get some food in the Dale End area of Birmingham on July 7 when he saw two men he thought were acting suspiciously.

After becoming increasingly concerned about their behaviour, the 22-year-old moved into a coffee shop to phone 999 to report that he believed the men may have had a gun.

Seconds later, a shot was fired and Abdullah ran out of the shop, detained one of the men and recovered a firearm.

CCTV shows Abdullah restrained the man and kept the gun out of reach until armed officers arrived minutes later.

West Midlands Police said the gun was later established as blank-firing weapon.

Abdullah, who is an electrical engineer and has been a special for four years with the Acocks Green neighbourhood taskforce, said: “I wanted the suspect off the street and as far away from the public as possible.

“I was worried for other people’s safety because of what – from my point of view – I believed it to be a live and viable firearm.”

Two men, aged 48 and 32, remain in custody for firearms offences and investigations continue.

Det Supt Jim Munro, from Birmingham Police, said: “Abdullah showed extreme bravery and didn’t waste any time putting his training to effect.

“He saw there was a potential threat to public safety and did the right thing by phoning for assistance. When the gun was fired, there’s no way he would have known that it was not a live firearm.

“He safely brought a suspect off the street and had the safety of the public at the forefront of his mind throughout.

“This is a timely reminder that our officers are never truly off duty, of the value that special constables bring to the policing family, and of the risks that they face on a daily basis.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting log 2796 of July 7.

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