Police marksmen in Devizes gun arrest

This Is Wiltshire: Wiltshire Police’s deputy chief constable Mike Veale, centre, presents PC Ian Lewis, left, and PC Phil Kibble with their commendations in Devizes Wiltshire Police’s deputy chief constable Mike Veale, centre, presents PC Ian Lewis, left, and PC Phil Kibble with their commendations in Devizes

Two police firearms officers have been commended for their arrest of a suspected gunman.

PC Phil Kibble and PC Ian Lewis had their safety catches off and were ready to fire when the man gave himself up after being cornered at a house in Rowde.

Deputy Chief Constable Mike Veale praised their coolness and professionalism when presenting them with their certificates at police headquarters in Devizes on Tuesday evening.

The two officers were among the armed response unit called to the premises of MGW Law in St John’s Street, Devizes, on July 7 this year after solicitor Jim Ward was shot at close range with a sawn-off shotgun. He died from his injuries three weeks later without regaining consciousness.

Officers were concerned for the safety of two people at a house in Rowde and PCs Kibble and Lewis, who had worked together on the squad for 11 years, were despatched to the location.

According to the citation, they were aware the suspect was in the front garden but they were prevented from entering by a locked gate. They managed to gain access over a wooden fence.

PC Kibble said: “We were very close to shooting him. It is the closest I have ever come to shooting someone.”

PC Lewis said: “We needed to close him down and keep control of the situation. We saw him at the front of the house and challenged him.

“Our safety catches were off and our red dot sights were locked on him. “He realised his predicament and we saw him move in the shadows.”

PC Lewis, a trained sniper, joined Wiltshire Police following a long Army career.

PC Lewis lives in South Gloucestershire while PC Kibble lives near Swindon.

Mr Veale also presented certificates of commendation to PC Carl Jones, who confronted an armed man in an incident in Swindon last year, and PC Jon Fairbairn, who attended to the victim of a single-vehicle crash while the vehicle was precariously perched over the parapet of a bridge on the A419.

n A 62-year-old property developer, Michael Chudley, has been charged with murder, possession of a sawn-off shotgun and threats to kill.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and a trial is likely to take place at Winchester Crown Court in June next year.

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4:30pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Don Jones says...

I'm sure this story used to have a load of comments.
I'm sure this story used to have a load of comments. Don Jones
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11:14pm Sat 20 Oct 12

Adam Hall says...

“We needed to close him down and keep control of the situation"

They shouldn't be getting any kind of commendation, just for turning up and not shooting anybody. I went to the Market last week, and I also didn't shoot anyone. Do I get an award? No. What if I had shot someone? Would I get promoted to Chief Inspector? Possibly. But that's besides the point.
“We needed to close him down and keep control of the situation" They shouldn't be getting any kind of commendation, just for turning up and not shooting anybody. I went to the Market last week, and I also didn't shoot anyone. Do I get an award? No. What if I had shot someone? Would I get promoted to Chief Inspector? Possibly. But that's besides the point. Adam Hall
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3:55pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Old retired bloke says...

I agree, they were just doing their job...
I agree, they were just doing their job... Old retired bloke
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8:31pm Tue 23 Oct 12

freddie_W says...

I take it from this vague poor article the suspect was not armed. What are the certificates for? turning up for work. It would seem you dont have to do much to get a police commendation these days.
I take it from this vague poor article the suspect was not armed. What are the certificates for? turning up for work. It would seem you dont have to do much to get a police commendation these days. freddie_W
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8:22am Wed 24 Oct 12

Rowdey says...

These guys turned up to arrest someone who had just shot someone in the face. They climbed into the garden and so had no clear line of retreat. They exercised control and arrested him with no shots fired. Yes they were doing their jobs, for which they were trained and equipped, but I don't think an official "well done" is out of the way at all.
These guys turned up to arrest someone who had just shot someone in the face. They climbed into the garden and so had no clear line of retreat. They exercised control and arrested him with no shots fired. Yes they were doing their jobs, for which they were trained and equipped, but I don't think an official "well done" is out of the way at all. Rowdey
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9:41am Wed 24 Oct 12

DaveHegarty says...

Adam Hall wrote:
“We needed to close him down and keep control of the situation"

They shouldn't be getting any kind of commendation, just for turning up and not shooting anybody. I went to the Market last week, and I also didn't shoot anyone. Do I get an award? No. What if I had shot someone? Would I get promoted to Chief Inspector? Possibly. But that's besides the point.
No, but then again you weren't faced with someone who had just shot a man in the head were you...


Tell me it doesn't take balls to do their job... go on.
[quote][p][bold]Adam Hall[/bold] wrote: “We needed to close him down and keep control of the situation" They shouldn't be getting any kind of commendation, just for turning up and not shooting anybody. I went to the Market last week, and I also didn't shoot anyone. Do I get an award? No. What if I had shot someone? Would I get promoted to Chief Inspector? Possibly. But that's besides the point.[/p][/quote]No, but then again you weren't faced with someone who had just shot a man in the head were you... Tell me it doesn't take balls to do their job... go on. DaveHegarty
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1:26pm Wed 24 Oct 12

thelittlemorgan says...

It does take balls,very infrequently. The rest of the time it's a job to get fat in.

London officers...Glasgow officers.....Manches
ter Officers.... now that is real police work.
It does take balls,very infrequently. The rest of the time it's a job to get fat in. London officers...Glasgow officers.....Manches ter Officers.... now that is real police work. thelittlemorgan
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3:57pm Wed 24 Oct 12

freddie_W says...

Rowdey wrote:
These guys turned up to arrest someone who had just shot someone in the face. They climbed into the garden and so had no clear line of retreat. They exercised control and arrested him with no shots fired. Yes they were doing their jobs, for which they were trained and equipped, but I don't think an official "well done" is out of the way at all.
Someone was shot in the face! no mention of this in the article posted.
[quote][p][bold]Rowdey[/bold] wrote: These guys turned up to arrest someone who had just shot someone in the face. They climbed into the garden and so had no clear line of retreat. They exercised control and arrested him with no shots fired. Yes they were doing their jobs, for which they were trained and equipped, but I don't think an official "well done" is out of the way at all.[/p][/quote]Someone was shot in the face! no mention of this in the article posted. freddie_W
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5:28pm Wed 24 Oct 12

notscot says...

freddie_W wrote:
I take it from this vague poor article the suspect was not armed. What are the certificates for? turning up for work. It would seem you dont have to do much to get a police commendation these days.
So - you didn't read the article, then?
They arrested the guy who shot the Devizes solicitor in the head.
The guy that was ARMED.
[quote][p][bold]freddie_W[/bold] wrote: I take it from this vague poor article the suspect was not armed. What are the certificates for? turning up for work. It would seem you dont have to do much to get a police commendation these days.[/p][/quote]So - you didn't read the article, then? They arrested the guy who shot the Devizes solicitor in the head. The guy that was ARMED. notscot
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6:28pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Adam Hall says...

It's not like he came out, gun blazing, is it? He'd already shot the bloke he wanted to shoot and gone home, job done. He was well chilled by then I expect, having got it all out of his system. These two Coppers, turning up armed, and ready to "shut him down" could have set him off again.
It's not like he came out, gun blazing, is it? He'd already shot the bloke he wanted to shoot and gone home, job done. He was well chilled by then I expect, having got it all out of his system. These two Coppers, turning up armed, and ready to "shut him down" could have set him off again. Adam Hall
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6:45pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Adam Hall says...

:@ Dave Hogurty: And no, it doesn't take balls at all, or they wouldn't let Women join the Police force would they now?Or are you saying that women don't have balls too?
:@ Dave Hogurty: And no, it doesn't take balls at all, or they wouldn't let Women join the Police force would they now?Or are you saying that women don't have balls too? Adam Hall
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