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Winston Churchill almost Killed in Police Shootout – 1911

Winston Churchill almost Killed in Police Shootout – 1911

Churchill, as Home Secretary, personally arrived on the scene of the shooting, risking his life. A photographer filmed him peering around a corner to see the attackers. Three policemen were killed during the shootout.

On this day one of the most interesting episodes from the life of Winston Churchill took place. At that time he was Home Secretary and thus de facto head of the British police force. On that day, the police surrounded two thieves in London, trying to flush them out of hiding and arrest them. Around two hundred policemen surrounded the area, but the robbers possessed a lot of weapons and great stores of ammunition, so a shootout began. When he heard of this, Minister Churchill personally came to the scene, risking his life. 

Namely, three police officers had been killed by gunfire, and Churchill pressed forward to see what was going on. A photographer filmed him peering around a corner to see the attackers. Churchill authorized calling in the army to help and, at his request, even a field gun was pulled in. Meanwhile, a fire broke out in the building in which the robbers were located. A fire truck came, but Churchill refused it access, wanting for the fire to drive out the thieves. However, the robbers did not come out. The police found their remains in the burnt-out building. Churchill was much criticized later because he left the criminals to burn.

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