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Pc breaks down recalling pub raid

Pc Katie Johnson
Pc Johnson was hit by 12 pellets in the top of her leg outside the Hospital Inn

A policewoman gunned down in an armed robbery broke down in tears after she recalled how she feared she would lose her leg, Preston Crown Court has heard.

Pc Katie Johnson, 29, was shot in the left thigh as she confronted a masked raider outside a pub in Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, on New Year's Eve 2007.

The police dog handler told a jury she thought "my career was over, my life was over" as she was taken to hospital.

Two men, aged 39 and 47, deny attempted murder and wounding with intent.

Pc Johnson was among the first officers to arrive at the scene of the raid at the Hospital Inn and said she came face-to-face with a "big, broad man" wearing a balaclava who pulled out a firearm and, without warning, shot her.

Anthony Cross QC, prosecuting, asked her if she realised the extent of her injuries moments after she had been hit.

"I remember thinking 'do not look down, I will collapse here and now, and I do not want to collapse'," she replied.

"I could see 12 holes in my thigh, of my left leg, which were red and bleeding. I honestly thought I was going to lose my leg. My career was over, my life was over."

Surgeons opted not to remove the 12 pellets because they feared it may cause further damage. Two have fallen out, but 10 remain in her leg.

The Hospital Inn, Bamber Bridge
The raiders struck at the Hospital Inn in Bamber Bridge

She has returned to work as a dog handler but her dog Chaos has been retired after completing his five years of service, the jury was told.

Stuart Denney QC, representing accused Wayne McDonald, suggested she may have assumed the gun was pointing directly at her when it was pointed elsewhere.

Pc Johnson broke down in tears and had to leave the courtroom for a short break before she resumed her evidence.

Mr Denney said it appeared from the photograph that a stanchion on a canopy would have been in the line of fire.

Sawn-off shotgun

She replied: "Yes, but it was not. The gun was to the left side of the stanchion."

The prosecution say Wayne McDonald targeted her with a sawn-off shotgun before he was later arrested as he tried to escape on foot.

Wayne McDonald, 47, formerly of Crossway, Didsbury, Manchester, and David Tyrell, 39, of Lions Drive, Swinton, are said to have threatened to kill two female cleaners and the couple who ran the pub before they tied them up.

It is alleged Wayne McDonald and David Tyrell collaborated with planner Rudolph Mancini and an "inside man", Peter Plaskowski, a chef who was employed at the pub.

Both Wayne McDonald and David Tyrell deny attempted murder and wounding with intent.

Mr Tyrell pleaded guilty to the robbery of 12,308 and possession of a handgun.

Mr McDonald denies robbery along with Mr Mancini, 55, of Division Lane, Blackpool, and Peter Plaskowski, 28, of Dean Street, Bamber Bridge.

Wayne McDonald has pleaded not guilty to possessing a sawn-off shotgun and a pistol.

The trial, which is expected to last up to eight weeks, continues.

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