Shocking body-worn-video footage released, by Northamptonshire Police (scroll down for video) shows the tense moment when highly trained armed police officers confronted and disarmed a man who was armed a knife in an Asda supermarket in Raunds.
The incident started at around 21:00 hours on 19th November 2020, when Northamptonshire Polices’ Control Room received numerous calls from terrified members of the public who had been threatened at knifepoint by 22-year-old Mantas Auryla.
Calls handlers took the vital information needed to ensure that responding units could quickly subdue the armed male.
As the store was evacuated, Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) crews arrived on the scene.
Body-worn video footage released today shows the moment officers entered the empty store on the hunt for Auryla.
It was not long before officers located him. Within seconds Aurlya was on the floor having been challenged at gunpoint by the officers.
He was arrested and charged with two counts of having a ‘blade/article which was sharply pointed’ in a public place and affray.
Thankfully, nobody was injured during the terrifying ordeal.
Earlier this month, Aurlya was sentenced to eighteen months in prison.
Lead Investigator, DC Katy Tyrrell, said:
“This was a terrifying experience for the staff and customers at Asda as it was unclear what motives Auryla had.
“I would like to pay tribute to the staff at Asda in particular for the way they ensured their customers were evacuated and kept safe throughout the incident.
“This was a great response by my uniformed colleagues and those in the Force Control Room.
“I’m really pleased it has concluded with Auryla sentenced to eighteen months in prison – showing the gravity and seriousness of his offence.”
Chief Constable Nick Adderley, said:
“As this video footage shows, this was a very dramatic incident and is an excellent example of the bravery our police officers show every day when they walk towards danger, into unknown situations, to protect the public.
“An incident of this nature is exceptionally rare, however, I hope the level of response we provided at the time, including our ability to quickly deploy specially trained firearms officers, reassures the community that we are always ready and equipped to react to a variety of scenarios in order to keep them safe.
“We have the bravest police officers in the world in this country, and I am proud to lead a Force that consistently demonstrates courage, dedication and commitment of the highest level.
“Finally, I want to take this opportunity to commend DC Katy Tyrrell for a thorough investigation which gave Auryla no choice but to plead guilty to the offences at court.”
After the Aurlya was arrested, officers did a sweep of the supermarket to make sure there were no other offenders or potential threats.
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