Man who shot police officer in the face is sentenced to 11 years in prison
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- Police Sergeant Dave Cayton was shot three times in the face
- Offender Marshall Coe found to be dangerous and handed extended prison sentence
- Judge recommends highest possible commendation for PS Cayton’s bravery
- Chief Constable – “I would walk through the gates of hell for my police officers and when I heard about this incident, it chilled me to my core.”
A 40-year-old man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison after he shot a police officer three times in the face.
On November 20, 2020, Police Sergeant Dave Cayton was deployed to an incident in Neuville Way, Desborough, to reports of a man with weapons.
Having established the man in question was inside a house, PS Cayton made his way inside to ensure he couldn’t injure anyone. However, as he began to walk up the stairs, Marshall Coe, previously of Desborough, appeared, holding a pistol, which was later identified as one that fired metal pellets.
Before he could turn away, Coe shot PS Cayton three times in the face.
“Everything slowed down,” recalls PS Cayton. “The best way I can explain it is the fight or flight choice and I genuinely believe you don’t get to choose which one your body decides on.
“At that exact moment I think that’s where the benefit of being a police officer and the training you receive and the morals that you have, come into play. So my body’s reaction was, I need to fight, I need to defend myself and I need to protect the other people in this property.”
Despite the pain he was experiencing, PS Cayton tried to disarm Coe, who by this point had also pulled out a knife, by deploying his Taser. Eventually, Coe backed down and PS Cayton arrested him.
It was at this moment that other officers arrived at the scene and PS Cayton was rushed to hospital.
Coe was subsequently charged with wounding with intent and being in possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
At Northampton Crown court last week (May 26), Coe was convicted, found to be a dangerous offender and handed an extended sentence of 11 years in prison with the custodial part of that extended sentence set at 8 years and 8 months.
PS Cayton thankfully recovered from his physical injuries but the scars on his face remain to this day.
At the end of the court case, His Honour Judge Rupert Mayo recommended PS Cayton for “the highest possible commendation” from the Chief Constable.
Chief Constable Nick Adderley, said: “Dave is an incredible police officer and I was so proud to hear of Judge Mayo’s comments regarding his bravery – commendations such as these are only handed out in very special circumstances which really demonstrates the level of courage Dave displayed that day during this absolutely horrific incident.
“I would walk through the gates of hell for my police officers and I will do everything in my power to protect them, including making sure that every instance of violence against them is pursued through the courts.
“When I heard about this incident, it chilled me to my core and it mirrors the rising levels of violence we are seeing against police officers across the country as a whole.
“This is why I will never apologise for being the first police force in the country to arm all frontline officers with a Taser and that rollout is going well with all frontline officers now trained in the use of Taser across Northamptonshire Police.
“This was a top investigation by our CID and eleven years is a great sentence. It is also a real example that if you assault any of my police officers, we will come after you with the full force of the law behind us and do everything in our power to put you behind bars where you belong.”
PS Cayton's scar