Barefoot bravery recognised
‘‘Granddad was a bit shocked, I didn't really say anything to him at the time and ran off into the dark chasing a guy with amachete.’’
An off-duty police officer who a had a machete swung at him by an armed robber has been recognised with a bravery award.
Constable Tain Lam was driving with his granddad along Stoddard Rd in Mt Roskill, Auckland when he saw two men running down the road in March 2015.
‘‘I got my granddad to stop the car and I approached the guy who was being chased,’’ Lam said.
The man was an offender who had committed an aggravated robbery in a shop nearby, taking a cellphone from one victim and assaulting another.
Without hesitation Lam, who was 21 and barefoot at the time, risked his own safety and approached the offender.
‘‘He presented a machete and swung it at my face, pretty much just missing it.’’
The offender then bolted and jumped into a motorway construction site.
‘‘We ran onto multiple properties and jumped fences and I didn’t have any shoes on.’’
While the chase was underway, Lam called 111 and alerted police to the incident.
‘‘As soon as he pulled the machete out I was determined to apprehend him.’’
‘‘Every time I tried to get close, he’d swing the machete at me again.’’
The offender ran back onto the main road and escaped in an associate’s car.
‘‘I got the registration and we gave chase in an on-duty unit and the police helicopter too.’’
The offender was not located that night but was found a week later and arrested.
While Lam was on the chase, his granddad, Rolf Goodwin had driven back home.
‘‘Granddad was a bit shocked, I didn’t really say anything to him at the time and ran off into the dark chasing a guy with a machete,’’ Lam said.
Goodwin said he was worried Lam would be attacked with the machete.
‘‘I went home and couldn’t get hold of Tain and couldn’t sleep until he got home in the early hours,’’ Goodwin said.
Lam was recognised at the Auckland City District Police Awards for his commitment and bravery and with a District Commander’s Commendation.
‘‘You don’t join the police to get awards but it’s quite cool getting recognised for this,’’ Lam said.
Constable Tain Lam was off-duty and in bare feet when he chased after an armed offender.