A pair of police officers who arrested a murderer armed with a gun have been nominated for bravery awards.
PCs Emma Appleby and Laura Davis responded to reports that a man had been shot in the head at the Spital Hill Plaza in Burngreave and despite the mayhem and rising tensions they arrested suspects, protected witnesses and preserved the crime scene.
Deek Ali, aged 18, was killed during a birthday party after 26-year-old Abdi Omar fired a sawn-off shotgun over his shoulder into a crowd of revellers.
Hallam University student Deek had been trying to usher Omar out of the venue when the gun was fired.
When jailing Omar, of Lopham Street, Burngreave, for a minimum of 30 years, Judge Roger Keen QC branded him ‘a very dangerous man’.
PCs Appleby and Davis were met by partygoers ‘shouting and screaming’ and were alerted to a distressed man crouching in nearby bushes, who they calmed down enough for him to point out two men who he believed had been involved.
PC Davis arrested the men and played a key role in the preserving the crime scene until forensics experts arrived.
Neil Bowles, chairman of South Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “Emma and Laura were nominated for their calm, professional and brave actions in the way they dealt with an extremely volatile situation.
“They faced a large gathering, protected a vulnerable witness and arrested a murderer. This is typical of the excellent work carried out by officers 24-7 on the streets of this county, to protect our communities. It is what we do.”
Stephen Mann, of Police Mutual, which sponsors the annual awards, said: “Every single police officer who has been nominated for an award is a truly special individual.
“It is only right that we take time out to reflect on their heroism and dedication and recognise the incredibly difficult situations police officers face in keeping the public safe.”