“Who needs Spider-Man when I’ve got my own real-life hero!”
Jen Dunstan-Furniss said she wanted to ‘shout from the rooftops’ about the bravery of her boyfriend – who threw himself in front of a gunman to protect her and her young son.
Gareth Lane, aged 35, was shot at by the gunman moments after getting off the 272 bus on Hathersage Road.
The gunman fled and then hijacked a car at gunpoint and forced the driver to take him to Sheffield city centre.
Gareth had been heading to the countryside for a picnic with girlfriend Jen, 35, and her four-year-old son Rio when the man began to behave aggressively towards her on the bus journey.
When Gareth, Jen and Rio got off the bus, the man shot at Gareth – who leapt between the gunman and his family in a bid to protect them.
Jen said: “He’s an absolute, real-life hero. I just want to shout it out from the rooftops.
“I don’t need Spider-Man, I’ve got him!
“I have been asking him about commitment but then he stands in front of a bullet for me.”
Gareth said: “I don’t think I’m going to have to marry Jen to prove my loyalty any more! My only concern was the safety of Jen and Rio.
“The man was being quite aggressive towards Jen during the journey.
“I told him he should stop.
“When we got off the bus, he got off behind me and when I turned round he had pulled a gun out.
“I must have been four feet away from him when he fired. I don’t know how but he must have missed.
“I think it was a real gun because the cartridge was still smoking for a while on the ground afterwards.
“Then he pulled a knife out. I went to grab a dry stone from the wall and my plan was to hit him with it, but then he just legged it.
“The police later told me that he then went and hijacked a car at gunpoint.
“I just wanted to get rid of him.”
Gareth added: “I’m still a little bit shaken up. Rio seems okay, he said he enjoyed his ride in the police car.
“We will have to keep an eye on him.”
The pair both said they want the gunman to get help.
Gareth said: “I’m quite pleased to still be alive and kicking.
“But this man obviously needs some help.
“I think he must have some sort of mental health issues.
“It goes to show the effect of the cuts to mental health services.
“I’m positive that if there had been mental health provisions in place that these sort of things might not happen.”
Gareth praised South Yorkshire Police for taking the incident ‘very seriously’.
Anyone with information about the incident, which happened outside the Fox House pub at about 12.45pm on May 1, is asked to call police on 101.
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