Officer struck by flowerpot in ‘Lethal Weapon’ style chase


A DRAMATIC chase of a wanted man in Coalisland last week has been likened to a scene from the movie Lethal Weapon, according to the PSNI.

On Thursday (May 2), police officers were involved in a pursuit of a “wanted male” in the Coalisland area which resulted in two officers sustaining injuries.


Posting a detailed account of the dramatic incident on the PSNI Dungannon and South Tyrone Facebook page, the police spokesperson said it was reminiscent of the thrilling action movie.

“Police crews spotted a wanted male in Coalisland, eyes locked, he bailed and ran, (waste of time running – police team is full of Usain wannabes),” the post reads.

“Runs into a house, crews close in, he’s all set to go out the window but spots more cops, out another window and onto a roof, across the roofs and into gardens.

“Being closed down all the time he realises he’s not escaping, so resorts to throwing flower pots at the officers in pursuit.

“Despite one taking a pot to the head and another sustaining leg injuries, officers restrain and arrest him. He’s now in the cells for a whole host of offences and Coalisland is a safer place as a result.”

The police went on to thank the “great work” of local residents for their assistance in apprehending the man.

“The teamwork bit is the most satisfying side of it,” the PSNI added.


“The officer who took the pot to the head was patched up in hospital and returned to duty to complete the arrest paperwork, the officer who sustained the leg injuries is still in hospital receiving treatment.”


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