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The closest I've come to pulling the trigger: Police officer confronted by man wielding huge knife

A police officer's cool reactions were recognised after he was confronted by a man wielding a huge kitchen knife.

Lurgan police were called to a domestic on Friday night when the man came out of the home brandishing the weapon.

The man was talked into putting the knife down before he was arrested on various offences including grievous bodily harm and breach of bail. 

“It’s the closest I’ve ever come to pulling the trigger,” the officer said after the confrontation.

Force our hand, you’ll be looking down the barrel of a gun.

The officer was previously attacked in a separate incident last year. After a woman objected to her arrest he was scrabbed in the face.

"He’s not new to people cutting up rough," police said in a Facebook post, "But this was that step closer to forcing our hand.

"If I know him, he will have got on with his job and, when the guy sensibly decided to drop the knife, got him down, got him in cuffs, got him in the car, and then made some jokey comment to lighten the mood and put a smile on the nervous faces of the probationers there.

"Later on though, when the adrenaline was wearing off and he was talking to me, the reality of it was beginning to set in. That’s when your thoughts take over. 'It only takes a second for him to pick up that knife, but the consequences are with both of us for life. It takes a split second to pull a trigger, but his family then lose him for life, and I have to justify it for the rest of my career'.

"This is the reality of knife crime."

The officer added: "When you bring a knife like this out, do not expect to be met toe to toe with similar weapons. Knives kill, and we won’t risk innocent lives by playing games. If you’re fortunate enough to be near our ARV colleagues, you may be looking at a Tazer. If you force our hand, you’ll be looking down the barrel of a gun."

“It’s the closest I’ve ever come to pulling the trigger.” These were the words of one of the officers who dealt with an...

Posted by PSNI Craigavon on Saturday, November 4, 2017

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