Verdict reached in attempted murder of police officer trial
A verdict has reportedly been reached for Jamie Burke’s attempted murder trial today, Tuesday 1 February.
The 29-year-old has been found guilty of three firearms charges.
The original incident, which occurred on Monday 26 July 2021, saw Burke firing a shot at a plain-clothes police officer, PC Zac Meadows, during a chase on Glebe Road in Scunthorpe.
In a police interview (after the incident), PC Meadows reportedly said: “It just happened so quick. I was cacking myself.
“It looked like a fake gun, but I didn’t know.
“I didn’t have my body armour on. I was desperate to get away.
“He was definitely aiming at me, meaning to go for me.”
However, Burke was ultimately found not guilty of the attempted murder of the plain-clothes police officer, Humberside Police reported.
He was found guilty of three other charges, though, including possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life and possession of a firearm whilst prohibited.
His attempted murder trial took place at Hull Crown Court last week.
Detective Chief Inspector Rhodri Troake said: “This was a truly shocking incident for local residents, the local community, and indeed the police service.
“The life of one of our colleagues was put at risk while they went about their daily business – keeping their local community safe.
“I would like to praise the officer for their strength and courage throughout the judicial process and I am reassured that Burke is now facing a lengthy prison sentence.”
DCI Troake added: “Although this incident was extremely serious, I would like to reassure members of the public that incidents of this nature in the Humberside Police area are extremely rare.
“Our officers and staff remain dedicated to protecting members of the public, often placing themselves in dangerous situations and putting their own safety at risk to achieve this.
“Taking weapons off our streets, and arresting those who think it is acceptable to possess them, remains an absolute priority for the force and we will continue to take a robust approach to any reports we receive from members of the public.”
Burke is due to be sentenced next month.
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