Man jailed for firing at police in shooting ‘rampage’

Friday, November 8, 2019

A man has been jailed for 24 years after he used a double-barrelled shotgun to fire at police in Somerset. 

Daniel Hannam, 33, was convicted earlier this week for possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life during the incident in January, described in court as a shooting “rampage”.

Daniel Hannam, 33

Two Avon and Somerset Police officers were on patrol when they received reports of a firearm being discharged in Castle Cary.

It led them to a house to back up colleagues, who were attempting to enter the property in order to arrest Hannam.

While outside, they were alerted to a “twitching” movement at the upstairs window from which Hannam then opened fire.

The shotgun used by Daniel Hannam

In an account of the incident, one of the officers said: “I thought this is it, I’m going to die.”

His colleague added: “Very, very quickly all hell broke loose. There was a muzzle flash and I heard a blast.

“I returned fire to neutralise the threat as we are trained to do.”

The defendant, of no fixed address, admitted to committing a series of offences in the area, including charges of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, making use of a firearm with intent to resist arrest, attempted kidnap, and attempted burglary.

He also admitted carrying out an armed robbery at a Co-op the week before the shooting incident where he threatened staff with a shotgun.

CCTV showing Hannam threatening staff at the Co-op

Hannam was handed a 29-year sentence, made up of 24 years imprisonment and five years on licence.

At the hearing at Bristol Crown Court, Mr Justice Soole awarded Crown Court Commendations to the five firearms officers that attended, as well as the investigation team.

Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Watson said the force was “immensely proud” of the officers involved in the “fast-moving and highly dangerous operation”.

She added: “The body worn video footage of the incident and the photos of the damage caused to a police vehicle are testament to the danger they were in and it’s only by chance that no-one was seriously injured or worse.”

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