08/05/2009

Man Jailed For Attempted Murder Of Pc

A south London man has been jailed for 25 years for tying to shoot a policeman.

Michael Mitchell, 32, of Babington Road, Streatham, was convicted of attempting to murder Pc Shaun Callow, possession of a firearm and possession of drugs with intent to supply.

A second man, Turhan Mah-Wing, 21, of Landsdowne Way, Clapham, south London, was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison for possession of a firearm with intent to danger life and dangerous driving.

Following an investigation by officers from a Trident shootings team, the pair were found guilty at the Inner London Crown Court on Tuesday 24 March.

Mitchell and Mah-Wing were arrested on August 15, last year, after they failedto shoot their vehicle for police in the Tulse Hill area of south London.

During a subsequent foot chase through a residential area, Mitchell removed a handgun from his waistband and fired at Pc Callow who was only five metres away.

Sentencing at Inner London Crown Court today, Judge Chapple commended Pc Callow for his bravery and professionalism.

Detective Sergeant Simon Mitchell, from Trident, said: "We welcome today's sentencing which reflects the seriousness of these crimes. This investigation arose from an incident during which patrolling officers encouraged armed and dangerous criminals.

"The officers reacted to the clear and imminent danger in a calm, brave and professional manner and I would like to add my praise for their actions."

He concluded: "Londoners will be both proud of their actions and should be reassured that a firearm has been removed from the Capital."

(JM/BMcc)

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