Man who shot at police officer cleared of attempted murder

A man who fired a gun at a plain-clothes police officer during a chase has been cleared of attempted murder.

Feb 2, 2022
By Tony Thompson
Jamie Burke

Jamie Burke, of no fixed abode, appeared at Hull Crown Court last week and pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of a police constable on Glebe Road, Scunthorpe in July last year.

Burke also pleaded not guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life. He did, however, plead guilty to possession of a firearm whilst prohibited. Burke was acquitted of attempted murder, but found guilty of the other three offences.

The court heard how the officer had spotted known offender Burke and gave chase, before Burke turned round and discharged a .22 calibre revolver towards him.

The officer told the court he initially thought he had been hit because Burke had been so close to him at the time. The incident was captured on the officer’s body-worn video camera and witnessed by several members of the public.

Burke discarded the weapon and fled the scene but was later arrested. When the gun was recovered it was found to be fully functional and loaded with five live rounds.

Detective Chief Inspector Rhodri Troake said: “This was a truly shocking incident for local residents, the local community, and indeed the police service. The life of one of our colleagues was put at risk while they went about their daily business – keeping their local community safe.

“I would like to praise the officer for their strength and courage throughout the judicial process and I am reassured that Burke is now facing a lengthy prison sentence.

“Taking weapons off our streets, and arresting those who think it is acceptable to possess them, remains an absolute priority for the force and we will continue to take a robust approach to any reports we receive from members of the public.”

Burke will be sentenced next month.

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