Grimsby man sentenced to nine years for knife and gun attacks
Joshua Murray (21) has been jailed for nine years at Grimsby Crown Court today (26 October) for stabbing his former house mate before going on to shoot a police dog handler and his police dog.
Murray had moved out of the house several months earlier but on 12 March 2017, he returned and hid in the house while the 68-year-old victim was out. Armed with a knife, he chased after and stabbed the victim who managed to seek refuge in a neighbour’s house. Murray ran off.
Later that evening Humberside Police officers supported by the Armed Response Unit arrived to arrest Murray who was drinking at a friend’s house. He made off, and was chased by a police dog handler and his police dog, Logan. Murray then drew a pistol and shot Logan in the head before engaging in a struggle with the officer, who was also shot with a gas-powered pellet gun.
Jeremy Evans from the CPS said: “Murray is clearly an unpredictable and dangerous criminal who had amassed a collection of weapons and imitation firearms.
“It is only by great good fortune and due to the first victim wearing a thick overcoat at the time of the attack that this incident did not result in even more tragic consequences.
“The police dog handler received injuries to his head as well as cuts and bruises. Throughout the incident he was in fear of serious injury. Police Dog Logan also received gun-pellet injuries from the imitation firearm. Both thankfully have since recovered.
“I hope the sentenced passed today is of some comfort to his victims.”
Notes to editors
- Jeremy Evans is a Crown Advocate with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.
Joshua Murray pleaded guilty on 16 April 2018 to wounding with intent, damaging property, possession of an imitation firearm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.