Moment man throws bag containing loaded sawn-off shotgun from car

Dramatic moment man throws bag containing loaded sawn-off shotgun from car during police chase at Trafford Centre before being tasered and arrested by police officers as he runs in the road to escape

  • Daniel Murdoch, 41, was spotted by police in the Eccles area of Salford on May 9
  • Murdoch reached speeds of 80mph in a police chase near the Trafford Centre
  • Police officers noticed a bag being thrown from the VW onto the roundabout
  • It later transpired this bag contained a loaded sawn-off shotgun and cartridges 
  • He was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to six-and-a-half years in jail

This is the shocking moment a Stockport man throws a bag with a loaded sawn-off shotgun from his car in a police chase near the Trafford Centre.

Daniel Murdoch, 41, was spotted by police in the Eccles area of Salford on the afternoon of Sunday May 9 driving a white VW Golf suspiciously and going through a red light on Liverpool Road. 

When Murdoch was pulled over by officers he appeared intoxicated before he accelerated off reaching speeds of 80mph in a 30mph zone.

Daniel Murdoch (pictured), 41, was spotted by police in the Eccles area of Salford on the afternoon of Sunday 9 May driving a white VW Golf suspiciously and going through a red light on Liverpool Road

When Murdoch was pulled over by officers he appeared intoxicated before he accelerated off reaching speeds of 80mph in a 30mph zone

The dramatic footage shows police pursue Murdoch in a bus lane towards the Trafford Centre, when an officer notices a bag being thrown from the VW onto the roundabout. 

It later transpired that this black bag contained a loaded sawn-off shotgun and cartridges.

After driving between vehicles and over footpaths, Murdoch reaches a nearby petrol station.

He abandons his vehicle in the garage forecourt and runs away wearing orange trousers while being chased by a member of the public.

A police officer nearby then tasers Murdoch before another helps pin him down.

He was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.

He abandons his vehicle in the garage forecourt and runs away wearing orange trousers while being chased by a member of the public

A police officer nearby then tasers Murdoch before another helps pin him down

Yesterday, Murdoch was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to six-and-a-half years in jail and disqualified from driving for six years and three months.

He admitted to possessing ammunition whilst prohibited, possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of a loaded shotgun in a public place and dangerous driving.  

The verdict follows a five-month investigation by detectives from CID and officers from GMP’s Challenger department tackling serious and organised crime in Trafford.

Yesterday, Murdoch was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to six years and six months in jail and disqualified from driving for six years and three months

He admitted to possessing ammunition whilst prohibited, possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of a loaded shotgun in a public place, and dangerous driving

Subsequent searches were carried out at addresses falsely given by Murdoch while he was in custody, before detectives’ enquiries located his fixed abode on Gorton Road in the North Reddish area of Stockport on the evening of Tuesday May 11.

A sawn-off shotgun – marked with the words ‘f*** the police’ – was located and seized in evidence before being found to have Murdoch’s DNA on the trigger.

When interviewed, Murdoch initially confessed to possessing the weapons but stated he was pressured to keep them due to a substantial drugs debt he had accumulated.

Subsequent searches were carried out at addresses falsely given by Murdoch while he was in custody, before detectives’ enquiries located his fixed abode on Gorton Road in the North Reddish area of Stockport on the evening of Tuesday May 11

A sawn-off shotgun – marked with the words ‘f**k the police’ – was located and seized in evidence before being found to have Murdoch’s DNA on the trigger

He then proceeded to offer no comment when further questioned by detectives before he ultimately pleaded guilty at court. 

Detective Constable David Jarvis, of GMP Trafford’s Challenger team, said: ‘Murdoch’s erratic actions behind the wheel that afternoon caused havoc for those near to the Trafford Centre and beyond, but it could have been unthinkably worse with a man as reckless as him in possession of a loaded firearm, too.

‘Our priority is to always do our utmost to keep the public safe, and all involved in this incident did what they could in order to prevent any serious escalation in what had the potential to be a volatile situation.

‘The quick-thinking of our officers thankfully ensured that no one came to harm, and the tireless work of detectives thereafter has taken two lethal weapons from the streets and put a dangerous man behind bars.’

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