A Hackney man has been jailed for seven years after a gun he owned shot a police officer in the chest.

Tyrone Benjamin Henry, 31, of Phoenix Close, admitted possessing a prohibited weapon but was found not guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

On Thursday, October 15, officers undertook an operation at Phoenix Close with the aim of catching Henry, who they believed had an illegal gun.

When police entered the address, Henry jumped from a second floor window and climbed through neighbouring gardens carrying a handgun in a kitchen towel and plastic bag.

The gun that was taken from the scene

Officers tackled Henry in Scriven Street and the gun went off and shot one of the policeman in the chest.

He was treated at an east London hospital and has since recovered.

The gun was discovered to be faulty, as the safety catch was on when it fired.

DCI Kevin Baldwin, from Trident and Area Crime Command , said: “Tyrone Henry may not have pulled the trigger of the gun that shot the officer, but had he not been in possession of the illegal firearm it would not have been on the streets.

“It was fortunate no officers or members of the public were killed by the defective pistol.”