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Police officer honoured for actions against armed man

GLADSTONE Police officer Sergeant William Johnson did not hesitate in placing himself in danger to ensure his colleagues and an innocent bystander remained out of harm's way.

Sergeant Johnson found himself caught in the crossfire of an offender armed with a compound bow and knife at a house at Clinton, near Gladstone, on January 16, 2010.

Having already fired at police, the armed man had barricaded himself on a verandah where he continued to hurl abuse at the police officers.

As this was taking place, a woman had inadvertently walked into the danger zone, prompting Sgt Johnson to jump into his vehicle and drive it towards the man, creating a barricade between her and the armed offender.

He jumped out of his vehicle and approached the man.

Sgt Johnson warned the man to drop the bow and knife or the officer would taser him. The man ignored the directive and was tasered and arrested.

For his actions, Sgt Johnson received a commendation for brave conduct award from Governor Penelope Wensley at Government House in Brisbane on Wednesday.

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