Dramatic moment blood-soaked killer is captured by police

This is the terrifying moment a blood-soaked killer was detained by police after ‘almost decapitating’ his victim in a brutal knife attack.

Dramatic body-cam footage shows PC Richard Edge with his taser directed on crazed Martin McDermott moments after he murdered 44-year-old Leslie Salmon.

The officer can be heard shouting orders at McDermott whose hands are covered in blood as he approaches him in the garden of a bail hostel in Derby in August last year.

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With his taser draw, PC Edge yells: ‘Stand still, if you make any threats I will taser you.

‘Turn around, walk forward, put your hands on that shed, stand still. If you make any threats to myself or others I will taser you, do you understand?’

With his hands shaking with adrenaline, PC Edge adds: ‘I’ve got a red dot on you and I will taser you. Put your arms to the rear. Swanson cuff him.’

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McDermott, 60, was detained successfully without the use of force and on Tuesday PC Edge received a bravery award for his actions.

After receiving a call to reports of a stabbing the officer entered the hostel and found Mr Salmon – who he organised medical help for – before searching for the killer.

When McDermott was told he had killed Mr Salmon after being arrested, he said ‘wa-hey’ and ‘punched the air in delight’ before telling cops ‘I am proud of what I have done.’

A court heard how tried to use a broom handle to parade his victim’s head in what a detective described at the time as the ‘the most gruesome investigation I have led.’

Detective Inspector Gemma Booth, of Derbyshire Police, said: previously ‘The lack of remorse McDermott showed when we arrested him was simply shocking.

‘When he was first arrested on suspicion of attempted murder at the scene he shouted “way hey”.’

McDermott was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 25 years at Nottingham Crown Court on February 12.

Sentencing, Judge Gregory Dickinson QC said: ‘You told the police you wanted to parade his head around on a pole through the hostel and when the prosecution outlined that element I noticed the wry grin that was on your face.’

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Derbyshire Police Chief Constable Peter Goodman said: ‘Nights such as this are a truly humbling experience – showing the incredible work that is done by officers across the county.

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‘We have seen officers who have dealt with the most difficult and traumatic circumstances – to teams of officers who have worked hard to solve problems in communities – to detectives who have solved some of the most horrific crimes.’

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