Bodycam footage shows cops grappling with alleged rifle-armed man

Two police officers have grappled with a man who allegedly threatened them with a rifle in Western Australia.

Bodycam footage shows cops grappling with alleged rifle-armed man

Two police officers have grappled with a man who allegedly threatened them with a rifle in Western Australia.

The officers were patrolling known drug houses in Esperance on the state's south coast when they asked a man in a Landcruiser to pull over.

The driver allegedly tried to flee instead.

After eventually stopping the car, the driver allegedly left the vehicle carrying a rifle.

Bodycam footage appears to show the two officers closing in and grabbing the gun, putting themselves in danger.

"The fact that the firearm was loaded makes this particularly confronting," Deputy Police Commissioner Gary Dreibergs said.

The officers finally managed to wrest the weapon away.

Gerald Henning, 54, is now facing 10 charges including intent to harm.

Police allege a search of a Westmacott Street home after the arrest uncovered drugs, ammunition and a taser.

"We don't know what was in the mind of the alleged offender," Deputy Commissioner Dreibergs said.

"We don't know what could've happened if the weapon wasn't initially grabbed by the first officer at that scene."

The two officers will be recommended for bravery awards.

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Coronavirus lockdowns mute VE Day across Europe

With coronavirus keeping crowds away, European leaders are holding low-key commemorations on VE Day's 75th anniversary to mark the end of WWII on the continent.

Coronavirus lockdowns mute VE Day across Europe

European leaders are holding muted commemorations to mark the end of World War II on the continent, as coronavirus lockdowns keep crowds from celebrating VE Day.

The European celebrations on Friday came in stark contrast to how millions of its citizens spilled onto the streets 75 years ago, waving flags, flashing victory signs and dancing in joy because the carnage on their continent had ended.

Street parties this year were banned in Britain.

A veteran wearing a mask is seen attending VE Day commemorations at the Cenotaph on May 8, 2020 in London, United Kingdom

In France, President Emmanuel Macron laid a wreath at the Arc de Triomphe monument at the top of a largely deserted Champs-Elysees Avenue, with the countrys still under a strict lockdown until Monday.

A day earlier, Macron spoke to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who had to cancel his own huge Victory Day parade that had been planned for Saturday in Moscow.

Macron said the pandemic "makes the construction of peace and stability on the continent and in the rest of the world more necessary than ever," according to a statement.

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe attend a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the World War II victory over Nazi Germany, at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Friday May 8, 2020Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses for the media outside Downing Street, to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, in London, Friday, May 8, 2020

With almost 26,000 confirmed virus deaths, France is among the world's top five hardest-hit nations.

Britain, with more than 30,000 confirmed deaths, is second only to the US, where almost 76,000 people have died of the virus.

Russia has reported only 1625 deaths, but infections are jumping by more than 10,000 each day. Experts believe all those figures - especially the Russian death toll - understate the true impact of coronavirus.

WWII veteran Bernard Morgan, aged 96, poses as he takes part in the VE day two minute silence outside his home and alongside neighbours on the street on May 08, 2020 in Crewe, United Kingdom.The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery carry out a socially distanced parade of 20 soldiers with their first world war Guns to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day with a 2 minute silence in Woolwich on May 8, 2020 in London, England.

In Germany, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of the parliament and top court were to lay wreaths at the memorial to victims of war and violence in Berlin.

The low-key ceremony replaces a bigger event with 1600 guests which Steinmeier had planned to lead outside the Reichstag parliament building in Berlin.

On the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany's surrender to Allied forces in Europe in 1945, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the coronavirus pandemic was unleashing "a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scare-mongering" and appealed for "an all-out effort to end hate speech globally".

Derek Herbert a Sir Winston Churchill impersonator from Little Neston, Wirral, England is dressed up to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day with his wife Linda who is dressed as Clementine Churchill Friday May 8, 2020.

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