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SHOOTING ORDEAL OF DOG HANDLER.

A POLICE woman has described how she was gunned down without warning as she confronted a masked raider outside a pub.

PC Katie Johnson, 29, of Ormskirk, said she felt "excruciating pain" after she was shot in the thigh by her assailant.

The Lancashire police dog handler came face to face with one of two balaclava-clad robbers who had just tied up four staff at the Hospital Inn, in Bamber Bridge, near Preston, as they attempted to make off with more than pounds 12,000, Preston crown court heard.

PC Johnson said she saw a "big, broad" man wearing a balaclava at the doorway of the pub shortly after she arrived at the scene of the raid on the morning of New Year's Eve 2007. She said: "He looked directly at me. He shouted at me to get to the ground as I shouted at him to stay where he was."

Anthony Cross QC, prosecuting, asked her: "What did he do?" She replied: "He produced a firearm and shot me."

Wayne McDonald, 47, and David Tyrell, 39, both of Greater Manchester, deny the attempted murder and wounding with intent of PC Johnson.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 6, 2009
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