A 16-year-old girl held a ‘gun’ to the head of a Police officer and pulled the trigger before then striking the officer in the face, it has been revealed.
The teenager from Ryde, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been sentenced to an 18-month youth detention training order following the incident in Newport last month.
As first reported by Island Echo, Armed Officers recovered a gun from the scene on St James’ Street on 4th February. It later transpired that the weapon was a BB Gun, however, that wasn’t known to PC Kerri Trickey at the time of the incident. She suffered a cut above her eye and was taken to St Mary’s Hospital for treatment.
The unusual situation began at the Island Learning Centre on Newport Road when the teen girl pointed the BB gun at a boy, prompting the school to be put into lockdown. The unnamed girl then proceeded towards the town where she was challenged outside Halifax.
Appearing before the Isle of Wight Youth Court earlier today (Wednesday), magistrates decided to hand down an 18-month detention training order to the girl which means she will spend half of her sentence behind bars at a Young Offender Institution, and the other half in the community under the supervision of the Youth Offending Team.
It comes after the teenager admitted a string of offences including 3 counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH).
Island Echo can reveal that the girl has appeared in court before for another serious incident on the Isle of Wight.
The BB gun was a Sig Sauer P226.
UPDATE – Chief Inspector Rob Brind has said:
“This was understandably a concerning incident for the victims, who initially thought the weapon being carried was a viable firearm.
“Officers respond to incidents on the basis of the information we are provided with, and we hope the community are reassured that we will always act swiftly and in the interests of public safety when these types of incident are reported to us.
“We also want to thank the member of the public that intervened to help detain the suspect after one of our officers was assaulted.
“Assaults on police will not be tolerated. Police officers and staff perform a difficult and often dangerous role, but we do not view assaults as simply being part of the job.
“Officers and staff come into contact with people who are sometimes going through the worst experience of their lives, but this doesn’t give people the right to ever verbally or physically abuse our people.”