Four police officers hunted down and dealt with an unarmed terrorist with a knife in Reading, and their bravery would be recognized.
36-year-old history teacher James Furlong, 49-year-old scientist David Wails, and 39-year-old Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, who worked for a pharmaceutical company, were murdered in Forbury Gardens on June 20 last year.
Police Officer James Parkman, Police Chief Ian Watkinson, Police Officer Liam Steele and Police Officer Liam King unarmedly captured and detained 26-year-old Libyan asylum seeker Carey after the attack. Sadara (Khairi Saadallah).
On September 9, the Thames Valley Police Annual Bravery Award will celebrate their bravery with 10 other colleagues.
When the incident occurred, PC Packman, who had only been a police officer for two years, got off work at Forbury Gardens and immediately pursued the attacker.
He said: “I was sitting on the grass, facing where the victim was. I don’t know what caught my attention in the first place. I think it was a scream.
“I looked up and there was a suspect. He walked around the group of people sitting on the floor and stabbed them. I yelled’Knife!'”
When the attacker ran out of the park, PC Packman called the police and chased him without protective equipment.
PC Steele, PC King, and Sgt Watkinson, unarmed and uniformed police officers, saw Saadallah running towards them, and the “football” knocked him to the ground and restrained him-I don’t know if he was carrying a weapon.
PC Steele said: “On the way, we started to get all the information that multiple people were stabbed… When we were driving down Friar Street, I saw the suspect running on the road with blood on his hands.”
PC Packman said that despite his lack of protection and a dangerous situation, “adrenaline has the upper hand.”
He said: “I just did what I thought was the best thing at the time. I don’t know if I believe it.
“My first thought was to pay close attention to him and make sure he would not escape.”
Speaking of the award, he added: “When I received an email saying that I was nominated for the Bravery Award, I felt very honored-I am very happy that some other officials involved have also been recognized.”
Three other people-51-year-old Stephen Young, 29-year-old Patrick Edwards, and 34-year-old Nisit Nisultan-were also injured, and then Sadara threw an 8-inch knife and escaped.
Saadallah was sentenced to life imprisonment in January after pleading guilty to three murders and three attempted murders.
Craig O’Leary, chairman of the Thames Valley Police Federation, said: “The word hero is often spread easily. But these four outstanding officers are like this. Complete and thorough heroes.
“This man is a terrorist. These officers are unarmed and stop him before he does any harm to anyone else.
“James’ behavior-don’t forget that he got off work-Ian and the two Liams are exemplary, in line with the highest standards and traditions of British police service.
“They act in a selfless and courageous manner to protect the public from the possibility of further attacks. We are extremely proud of them.”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times