Moment armed robber aims sawn-off shotgun at police officer before opening fire


An armed robber who fired a sawn-off shotgun at a police officer who tried to arrest him has been jailed for life.

Terrifying bodycam footage shows Derrick Fatunbi, 23, firing at police as they tried to enter his flat in Hackney, east London.

Fatunbi – who carjacked a Range Rover on March 18 2018 – was eventually arrested after officers shot him four times in the torso and legs.

Terrifying bodycam footage shows Fatunbi firing at police as they tried to enter his flat

Derrick Fatunbi, 23, who fired a sawn-off shotgun at a police officer who tried to arrest him in Hackney, east London, has been jailed for life

He was today sentenced to life in prison with the judge stating that Fatunbi was a ‘dangerous’ offender, Isleworth Crown Court heard. 

In the footage, officers approach Fatunbi who leans out of a window. 

He appears to say a few words to the officers before leaning back inside.

He then re-emerges with the gun that he points directly at the officer, who dives behind an awning for cover as the footage ends.

In the shocking bodycam footage, officers approach Fatunbi who leans out of a window and appears to say a few words to the officer below

In the shocking bodycam footage, officers approach Fatunbi who leans out of a window and appears to say a few words to the officer below

After this point, police entered the property and Fatunbi attempted to fire at the officers again who responded by shooting him four times in the torso and legs.

The officers – none of whom were injured in the attack – swiftly called for medical help and Fatunbi is recovering.

Fatunbi was found guilty of attempted murder of a police officer, carjacking involving an armed robbery with a shotgun and other associated firearms offences and must serve a minimum of 12 years in prison.  

Fatunbi leans out of the window with the gun (pictured) that he points directly at the officer, who dives behind an awning for cover

Fatunbi leans out of the window with the gun (pictured) that he points directly at the officer, who dives behind an awning for cover

Detective Superintendent Nick Thorburn said: ‘This is a hugely important sentence for the Metropolitan Police, especially for the armed officers within the Metropolitan.

‘They showed the true professionalism that every day they are faced with incredible dangers and armed threats across London.

‘They showed professionalism in the way they dealt with it and they showed compassion in saving a life after the event.’

He added: ‘The people of London will sleep safer knowing Derrick Fatunbi is off the streets.

Police entered the property and Fatunbi attempted to fire at the officers again who responded by shooting him four times in the torso and legs. Pictured: The gun used by Fatunbi

Police entered the property and Fatunbi attempted to fire at the officers again who responded by shooting him four times in the torso and legs. Pictured: The gun used by Fatunbi

‘This is a daily threat that firearm officers deal with across London and deal with very professionally.’ 

Mr Thorburn added: ‘This footage proves firearm officers are human and battle real threats every day.

‘Body-worn footage is vital. Officers see it to protect them from unnecessary complaints. It’s a living document that has proved what has happened.

‘It’s hard to say from the footage how close the officer was from suffering shrapnel injuries. The shotgun was fired at close range and there was a very real threat to their lives.’ 

Fatunbi was found guilty of attempted murder of a police officer, carjacking involving an armed robbery with a shotgun and other associated firearms offences and must serve a minimum of 12 years in prison. Pictured: The bodycam footage shows police outside Fatunbi's flat in Hackney, east London

Fatunbi was found guilty of attempted murder of a police officer, carjacking involving an armed robbery with a shotgun and other associated firearms offences and must serve a minimum of 12 years in prison. Pictured: The bodycam footage shows police outside Fatunbi’s flat in Hackney, east London

Detective Constable Chris Williams, of the Met’s Central Specialist Crime Command, said: ‘My colleagues in Specialist Crime, along with firearms officers and the rest of the Met are committed to taking people like Fatunbi and the weapons he was armed with off the streets.

‘The outcome of this incident could have been even more serious. Having committed a violent robbery, Fatunbi threatened the police officers who were trying to arrest him and it is hugely fortunate that there was no loss of life that night.

‘My thanks go to the prosecution counsel, our colleagues in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for their diligence and professionalism throughout this case, as well as the victims and witnesses who supported this investigation by providing statements and giving evidence at court.’

Chief Superintendent Andy Walker of the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command, added: ‘Our armed officers put themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis to keep people safe from dangerous criminals.

‘On this occasion, they responded with remarkable tenacity and immense bravery to track down a particularly violent criminal and stop him from harming anyone else, and I am pleased that the trial judge commended their bravery.

‘I have no doubt that London is safer now that Fatunbi has been brought to justice.’

A second man, Shannon Robertson, 25, of Tottenham, north London, was found not guilty of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear following the conclusion of the trial.

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