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Officer recalls being gunned down
Trevon Kyron Thomas
Trevon Kyron Thomas is charged with attempted murder
A man accused of attempting to murder a probationary police officer who was shot near the scene of a burglary has pleaded not guilty at crown court.

Trevon Kyron Thomas, 24, from Melford Road in Bilborough, is alleged to have shot 23-year-old Pc Rachael Bown on 14 February 2006.

At Nottingham Crown Court he also denied possessing a firearm with intent to resist arrest.

Pc Bown told the jury she "screamed in pain" when she was shot.

She underwent two emergency operations at the city's Queen's Medical Centre.

'Loaded gun'

Peter Joyce QC, prosecuting, told the court Mr Thomas fired three shots at Pc Bown and her officer partner when they encountered him shortly after midnight.

She was shot in the stomach below her body armour.

Mr Joyce said: "There is only one reason for shooting at a policewoman when you have taken a gun out loaded with you that night - and that is to kill."

Pc Bown wept as she told the jury how she shouted at the gunman not to shoot only seconds before he opened with a volley of three shots in a back street.

She said: "I saw a black object in his right hand. I assumed it to be the firearm.

"He kept running towards us. We were both shouting: 'Stay where you are. Stop. Don't shoot'."

Suffering flashbacks

Pc Bown told the court the gunman was little more than eight feet away from her when he opened fire.

"I had a really sharp pain all the way down my right leg. I was screaming because I was in really bad pain.

"Then my chest started to tighten up so I had to lay on the floor and undo my stab vest and shirt because I couldn't breathe."

She said she still suffered flashbacks and was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The court heard Mr Thomas left the city after booking a flight to the Caribbean, but three days later he was arrested sitting on an aeroplane at Heathrow as it waited to depart.

The trial continues.

Pc attempted murder trial gets underway

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