This is dramatic moment two unarmed police officers bravely tackled a machete-wielding man who threatened to ‘chop’ them up in Birmingham City Centre.
PCs Stuart Hill and Andy Carnall were on plain clothes patrols last September when they were told of a man in Printing House Street armed with a two-foot long blade.
The two officers gave chase to Iryan Brown for half a mile who then confronted them saying “come on, I’ll chop you up”.
Undeterred, they tried to incapacitate him with CS spray and chased Brown into Constitution Hill where they wrestled him to the floor.
Brown, 20, admitted possessing an offensive weapon and making threats with a bladed article and was given an indefinite hospital order under the Mental Health Act, at Birmingham Crown Court on July 18.
Both officers have received Chief Constable’s Commendations for their brave actions.
PC Stuart Hill recalled : “We were in plain clothes on our way to recce an upcoming operation when the call came through about a man threatening people with a machete.
“I approached him and he appeared very angry and was talking to himself; when I identified myself as a police officer he initially ran but then turned to face us and threatened to ‘chop us up’.
“It was rush hour so the roads were very busy. We knew we had to get a grip of him quickly as there was a clear danger to the public. He was running full pelt past the Children’s Hospital until we caught up with him in Constitution Hill.
“I’m just pleased we managed to get hold of him pretty quickly and no-one was hurt.”
PC Carnall said: “I remember Brown looking over his shoulder at one stage and appearing shocked I was gaining on him. That’s when he turned and threatened to chop me with the machete.
“There were a lot of people about; we were shouting at them to get out of the way and stay safe. I was concerned he may try to take a swing at someone or hold someone hostage; we had no idea what his intentions were.
“He was getting tired, I caught up with him and swept his legs away before handcuffing him. As we were walking back to our police car I remember quite a few people clapping us in the street and saying well done. It’s nice to know the public appreciate our efforts to keep them safe.”