Heart-stopping bodycam footage shows the moment armed police officers confront and disarm a knife-wielding man in an Asda supermarket.
In the clip, officers enter the shop in Raunds and quickly locate, disarm, and arrest 22-year-old Mantas Aurlya, Northants Live reports.
At around 9pm on November 19, 2020, a number of 999 calls were made by shoppers who said they had been threatened at knife-point by Aurlya at the store on Michael Way.
Aurlya was arrested and charged with two counts of "having a blade/article which was sharply pointed in a public place".
He has now been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Thankfully, no one was injured during the incident, and shoppers were evacuated before the arrest.
Lead Investigator, DC Katy Tyrrell, said: “This was a terrifying experience for the staff and customers at Asda as it was unclear what motives Auryla had.
“I would like to pay tribute to the staff at Asda in particular for the way they ensured their customers were evacuated and kept safe throughout the incident.
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“This was a great response by my uniformed colleagues and those in the Force Control Room.
“I’m really pleased it has concluded with Auryla sentenced to eighteen months in prison – showing the gravity and seriousness of his offence.”
Chief Constable Nick Adderley, said: “As this video footage shows, this was a very dramatic incident and is an excellent example of the bravery our police officers show every day when they walk towards danger, into unknown situations, to protect the public.
“An incident of this nature is exceptionally rare, however, I hope the level of response we provided at the time, including our ability to quickly deploy specially trained firearms officers, reassures the community that we are always ready and equipped to react to a variety of scenarios in order to keep them safe.
“We have the bravest police officers in the world in this country and I am proud to lead a Force that consistently demonstrates courage, dedication and commitment of the highest level.
“Finally, I want to take this opportunity to commend DC Katy Tyrrell for a thorough investigation which gave Auryla no choice but to plead guilty to the offences at court.”
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