Jason Martin…brandished a BB gun at armed police before holing up in the cubicle and firing shots at them through the gap in the door, Bristol Crown Court heard.Pity they didn’t simply shoot him.
He was flushed out after officers spoke to him through the toilet door.
And it all stemmed from a simple traffic stop:
John Penny, prosecuting, said police driving on Temple Way saw a red Ford Focus with a broken back window and they pulled it over.And called armed units:
He said: "The car stopped. Immediately it did so Mr Martin, the front seat passenger, jumped from the car and ran off.
"He crossed six lanes of traffic and ran towards the car park of the Holiday Inn.
"PC Gillard chased after him and, as he got by the Holiday Inn, Mr Martin turned around and pointed something at PC Gillard.
"He saw a reflection from a metallic barrel and saw the outline of a gun. He was nervous and he slowed down and sought cover."
Armed police converged on a block of flats and, with people's help, tracked Martin via a laundry room to a toilet.Well, mitigation should be good, at least…
Mr Penny said: "The toilet door was locked and they shouted 'Armed police, open the door'. The door opened two inches and through the gap the barrel of the gun was pointed. It was fired at the officers. It quickly became apparent that this was a BB gun.
"Understandably the officers were extremely alarmed at having a gun pointed at them.
The gun was fired a number of times, the door was shut and the gun was fired in the toilet.
"In due course the door opened, the gun was thrown out, the door was shut and re-locked and after some talking Mr Martin was persuaded to come out of the toilet and was arrested."
Virginia Cornwall, defending, said her client had just acquired the gun, with a view to buying it and using it for target practice.Oh. Right. Clearly it’s going to be as lame as all the others.
First offence? Nope:
The court was told in July and August last year he was handed three suspended jail terms for battery, causing actual bodily harm and causing criminal damage.Long history of drug use, alcohol abuse and low-level wuckfittery? Yup:
Miss Cornwall said her client had left home and "sofa hopped", returning to Class A drugs and mostly alcohol use.Personally, I’d see ‘not getting into a standoff with armed police when I’ve only got a BB gun’ as a priority, but each to their own…
She said: "He had no stability. He was associating with those likely to lead him into offending."
The court heard Martin saw keeping drug-free as a priority as well as getting qualified in order to find work.