Woman who threatened to shoot officers and assaulted a fellow prisoner gets 5 years in jail.

North East Lincolnshire

10 Feb 2020

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A woman who pointed an imitation firearm at police officers in Grimsby has today been handed a 5 year prison sentence for that and a GBH assault committed while on remand in prison.  She threw a table at a fellow prisoner resulting in the victim receiving 15 stitches to her head.

Jessica Fitzgerald (27) from Crosby Road, Grimsby made threats to shoot officers as they arrived to locate a missing girl at her address.

As officers carried out a search for a missing girl on Sunday 24 February 2019 she produced a rifle and aimed it at unarmed officers who had to retreat and call in armed officers.

Detective Constable Wayne Martin said, “When our officers arrived at the address we were looking for a 16 year-old missing girl that we believed was in the house.

“After an hour of negotiation from the street Jessica Fitzgerald had previously made threats to officers and the sound of a firearm discharge was heard and armed officers then entered the address”.

“Armed officers quickly entered the address where they were found Jessica Fitzgerald had barricaded herself into a room.

“The officers broke down the door and arrested Ms Fitzgerald who was later charged with possession of an imitation firearm and assaulting a police officer.

“The sentencing today reflects the serious nature of the offences. Our officers come to work to protect the public and deal with those who chose live outside the law, I am pleased to know that Jessica Fitzgerald will no longer be posing a risk to either the public or the police.”