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Unarmed police chase down man who had loaded revolver near primary school

Johniel Barrett, now 20, was wrestled to the ground and found with a loaded gun near a primary school in Birmingham.

Watch: Police chase down man who had loaded revolver near primary school

This is the moment unarmed police officers bravely chased down a gunman near a primary school and arrested him.

Johniel Barrett was wrestled to the ground and found with a loaded revolver in Birmingham on 1 February last year.

In the video, an officer can be heard shouting “police with a Taser” as he confronts the gunman and pins him to the ground before finding the weapon.

Barrett, now 20, of Ladywood, admitted possessing a firearm and ammunition and was jailed for five years at Birmingham Crown Court on 19 December.

The moment Johniel Barrett is arrested. (SWNS)
The moment Johniel Barrett is arrested. (SWNS)

Barrett had been spotted by officers travelling in a black VW Polo near City Hospital, in Winson Green, the court heard.

The officers, who were in an unmarked car, activated their blue lights after running checks on police systems and the driver pulled over to stop.

But Barrett then ran from the car before officers gave chase on foot and tackled him to the ground on James Turner Street.

They spotted the handle of an antique revolver poking from his waistband and when asked “is it loaded” 19-year-old Barrett replied “yes”.

It was later found to be a Webley Mark VI revolver loaded with a .44 Smith and Wesson cartridge.

West Midlands Police released footage of the moment the brave officers apprehended Barrett following the case.

Johniel Barrett, 20, was jailed for five years at Birmingham Crown Court. (SWNS)
Johniel Barrett, 20, was jailed for five years at Birmingham Crown Court. (SWNS)

After carefully removing the revolver, the office asks: "Have you got anything else on you kid? You got a knife or anything?"

Barrett shakes his head before the officer then asks "Is it [the gun] loaded?" and Barrett says: "Yes, it might be."

The officer then radios colleagues to tell them: "We're currently outside a school with a loaded revolver".

After the case, detective constable Steve Harris said: “The officers showed great courage.

"They saw Barrett holding something near his waistband which they suspected was a firearm but gave chase nonetheless in order to protect the public.

“Barrett was running towards a school and the officers were determined to get to him before he posed a risk to anyone else.”