A 31-year-old Bristol man who tried to hide a sawn-off shotgun from officers as they went to arrest him for drug offences has been jailed for seven years.
Officers executed a warrant for Gary Williams’ arrest at his Creswicke Road address on 3 May but he climbed out of a kitchen window and fled over the garden wall.
As he ran from the house he dumped a plastic carrier bag which was later recovered and found to contain the shotgun and 14 cartridges.
A subsequent search of Williams’ house resulted in the seizure of a large amount of the Class B drug Spice, cash and numerous items of stolen clothing.
Williams was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday, 26 November) for possessing a prohibited firearm, possessing ammunition with a firearm certificate, possessing Class B drugs with intent to supply.
He was also sentenced for offences of possessing criminal property, possessing a prohibited weapon (a Taser) and a further offence of possessing Class B drugs with intent to supply relating to an incident in September last year in which he was stopped by officers in a car along with a separate offence of assaulting an emergency worker.
The assault of an emergency worker charge relates to an incident in May in which Williams spat at a PC as he came to his assistance.
The drugs, shotgun, ammunition and Taser have all since been destroyed.
Investigating officer PC Chris Sellars said: “In interview Williams claimed he bought the shotgun for protection as he was being threatened by another known criminal.
“Had he ever used it, it could have cost someone their life.
“Firearms are extremely rare in the Avon and Somerset force area but when they are recovered we make sure those in possession of them face the consequences.”
He added: “Unfortunately as police officers know we may come across people who wish to cause us harm and this is something we won’t tolerate.
“Spitting is not only disgusting, it’s assault and he has rightly been held to account for his disgraceful actions.”