Man jailed for threatening police with rifle in Hailsham

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

A man has been jailed for pointing an air rifle at police officers and threatening to shoot them, police have said.

Nathan Martin loaded the weapon and said he would shoot the officers after they were called to a disturbance at the home of his ex girlfriend, police said.

The 26-year-old, of no fixed address, was the subject of a harassment order for previous distress he had caused to his former partner so when he turned up at the flat in Greenwich Road, Hailsham, on October 24 last year police officers were called.

Police said Martin’s former partner was not at her flat but two PCs arrived at the home and rang the buzzer. Martin came down the stairs of the home, took a rifle out of a case, loaded it and pointed it at the officers.

They backed off as he walked out of the address aiming the rifle at them and Martin managed to escape, police said.

Police said officers searched the area and Martin handed himself in.

Police said he was convicted of causing criminal damage, harassment, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, using a firearm to resist arrest and having an air weapon when banned, when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court and was jailed for six years on January 29.

Sergeant Simon Kind said: “This incident shows the dangers that officers can face when they go out on duty.

“The two officers involved saw Martin load the gun but could not guess whether he would shoot them or not to try to escape.

“The conviction means a violent and dangerous man is off the streets and that Sussex is even safer today.”

Anyone with information about violent crime should call 101, email or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

If you see a violent crime taking place call 999.