A suspected firearms converter who attempted to murder a police officer has been convicted.

Damian Devine, 27 (8.12.84) of Allder Way, South Croydon, was today, Friday 5 October, at Kingston Crown Court found guilty, unanimously, of shooting Police Constable Wayne Stevens in Croydon on 15 July 2011.

The court heard that at about 21:00hrs on the night of 15 July, residents in Kingsdown Avenue, South Croydon, became suspicious when they noticed three men – one of whom was later identified as Devine – hanging around, taking photographs of themselves on their mobile phones

At about 22:00hrs one of the residents called 999, and as a result a police unit including PC Stevens arrived . Two of the men, one of whom dropped a mobile phone, were arrested. The mobile phone was later found to have photographs taken between 21:55 – 21:59hrs that evening.

The third man – Devine – ran off and PC Stevens gave chase. Shortly into the pursuit, and with approx 10 feet between them, Devine turned and fired two shots towards the officer.

The first shot hit the officer, and the second shot missed. PC Stevens fell to the floor and Devine made off from the scene

Source and Full Story – Metropolitan Police