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Moment police tasered arsonist threatening officers and firefighters with hammer

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Original article from Kent Live

An arsonist who threatened police officers and firefighters with a hammer has been jailed.

In April, Daniel Rutter, 48, of Wellingtonia Way, Edenbridge, set fire to the ground floor of a home following a dispute with a woman known to him.

Police say that due to his aggressive behaviour at the scene of the incident he had to be tasered before he was safely detained.

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Rutter pleaded guilty to arson, two counts of criminal damage and three counts of common assault against an emergency services worker.

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On Friday (July 2), he was sentenced to four years in prison at the Nightingale Court in Maidstone.

He was also recalled to prison to serve a discretionary life sentence, imposed in 2000, for a serious assault committed outside of Kent.

At the time he was sentenced to a minimum of seven years, with a life licence also imposed.

What happened?

Kent Police and Kent Fire and Rescue were called to a fire at a house in Wellingtonia Way at around 12.30am on Friday, April 25.

Rutter, who was present at the scene, attempted to assault two attending firefighters whilst armed with two hammers before retreating inside the burning building.

Daniel Rutter, 48, was jailed for four years after threatening police officers and firefighters with a hammer

Officers located him in the ground floor of the address which prompted him to swing a hammer at a constable.

A taser was then deployed to detain him.

The fire was then extinguished with there being no injuries as a result of the blaze, but around £30,000 in property damage was incurred.

'A dangerous offender is now behind bars'

A subsequent investigation into the incident found that Rutter had used a cigarette lighter to set curtains on fire in the downstairs living room of the property, following a dispute with a woman who was known to him.

Detective Sergeant Daniel Barker, from Kent Police, described Rutter's actions as "excessively violent" and could have easily led to a person dying.

"The abuse directed towards firefighters and our officers was completely unjustified and unacceptable," he said.

"I am pleased that he has been held to account and that a dangerous offender is now behind bars."

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