Man Jailed for Threatening Bailiffs and Police Officers With Gun
Richard Todd, a 52 years old man from South London has been jailed after threatening bailiffs and police officers with a loaded handgun in south-east London.
He has been sentenced to five years in prison following the terrifying incident, which happened when two county court bailiffs visited his home in Foxberry Road, Brockley, on February 16th.
On 16th February, 2022, after entering the house, Todd confronted the two county court bailiffs holding a loaded handgun. Then the bailiffs left and called the police, who sent armed units to the scene, where they were met by Todd who had the pistol pointed at them.
They had a standoff of around 20 minutes and finally managed to get Todd to put down his gun, and then arrested him.
A search of Todd’s home located an arsenal of further ammunition, including 25 bulleted cartridges and 24 shotgun shells, along with a bulletproof vest.
When the Todd’s gun was sent for forensic examination it has been found that it was a revolver style air pistol that had been converted to a viable lethal firearm and was loaded with six rounds of live bullets.
Todd was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on December 19 to five years in prison. He was found guilty at a previous hearing to two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of ammunition without a certificate.
The police officials said that no one expects to have a gun pointed at them whilst they’re going about their job. This must have been a truly terrifying experience for the two bailiffs.
According to the police, this was one of the 4000 spontaneous firearms incidents they responded to over last 12 months.
Detective Chief Superintendent Donna Smith, of the Met’s Firearm Command, added: “This incident demonstrates the bravery and professionalism of our firearms officers, who confront incidents like this on a daily basis to protect the public and unarmed officers”.