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Gunman jailed for 24 years after shoot-out at house

Daniel Hannam fired a sawn-off shotgun out of the window of a house as armed police surrounded the property in Castle Cary, Somerset.

Daniel Hannam (Avon and Somerset Constabulary/PA)
Daniel Hannam (Avon and Somerset Constabulary/PA)

By Rod Minchin, PA

A serial criminal who was involved in a shoot-out with armed police officers has been jailed for 24 years.

Daniel Hannam, 33, fired an illegal sawn-off shotgun out of a bedroom window of a house as armed police surrounded the property.

Two officers, known only as IX and IC, were at the front door of the end-of-terrace property in Castle Cary in Somerset at the time and returned fire.

Body-cam footage shows the officers shouting “armed police” before Hannam fires the shotgun, with pellets landing on an armed response vehicle parked outside the house.

Hannam later phoned 999 and told the operator: “I’ve just had a shoot-out with your police officers yeah, they’ve surrounded the house right now.

“There are two children and a woman inside this house, how do you want this to go down right now? That’s what I want to know.”

He admitted firing the weapon from his former girlfriend’s home in the early hours of January 23 this year but insisted he was aiming into the air at the time and had not intended to kill the officers.

Hannam was cleared of two counts of attempting to murder a police officer but found guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

The defendant previously admitted attempted kidnap, making use of a firearm with intent to resist arrest, possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of a firearm when prohibited, robbery, and attempted burglary.

Hannam was on the run from a probation hostel after breaching the terms of his licence having been released from prison in August last year from an imprisonment for public protection sentence (IPP).

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The shotgun used by Daniel Hannam (Avon and Somerset Constabulary/PA)

The court heard he bought an illegal shotgun and cartridges and held up a Co-op store on January 17 escaping with £1,700 of cash and cigarettes.

CCTV showed Hannam waving the weapon around and then threatening to shoot the two staff members on duty.

One of the workers said in a victim impact statement: “I truly believed he would use the gun on us. I have never seen a gun before and it was the most terrifying five minutes of my life.”

Five days later he continued his crime spree when took the shotgun onto the streets of Castle Cary late at night.

He shot twice at the door of McColls newsagents, attempted to kidnap a motorist and then fired the gun when the driver fled.

Armed police quickly surrounded the home of Hannam’s former girlfriend and after a two-hour stand-off with police he gave himself up.

Jailing him, Mr Justice Soole said Hannam, of Gillingham, Dorset, crossed the threshold for “dangerousness” and would be subject of an extended sentence of imprisonment.

“You have a very bad record of offences of violence and your record shows an escalation of violence,” the judge said.

“Accordingly, in my judgment it is beyond doubt that you pose a significant risk to the public from the commission of further specimen offences.

“I have concluded, not without hesitation, that the last resort of a discretionary life sentence is not justified.”

The judge jailed Hannam for 24 years and imposed an extended period on licence of five years.

It means he will serve at least 16 years before he can apply for parole but also remains subject of the imprisonment for public protection sentence imposed in 2012.

The judge also praised the “quite remarkable courage” of all the armed officers involved in the events of January 23.

“I simply wish to recognise the court’s overwhelming admiration for the work they did that night and continue to do,” he added.

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