BRAVE soldier Jason Robinson challenged, chased after and caught a gunman, who had tried to rob a local bookies.
Lance Corporal Robinson, from Solihull, was praised for the “extraordinary courage” he showed in confronting the robber.
The squaddie, who has seen action in Iraq, ran to the aid of staff at the Acocks Green branch of Ladbrokes.
When Shazad Mahmood, from Birmingham, had fled, LCpl Robinson gave chase and held him until police arrived.
Mahmood, 25, who had raided the same premises only six days earlier, was jailed for nine years.
Judge Patrick Thomas QC said: “I have to say that we expect soldiers to be brave and cool in a crisis, but this particular young man seems to have gone beyond expectations.”
Birmingham Crown Court heard how the defendant had entered the shop on August 9, brandishing a gun and demanding staff hand-over cash.
LCpl Robinson, aged 26, ran towards the robber and shouted at him to leave the workers alone.
CCTV shows Mahmood levelling the gun at the have-a-go hero, who realised the weapon wasn’t loaded or had failed to fire.
The robber had run out of the shop, but LCpl Robinson was hot on his tail and pursued him for over a mile.
And at court last week, it emerged that the robber had raided the same betting shop less than a week earlier.
During the first robbery he had threatened staff with a machete and escaped with over £1300.
Police had charged him with robbery, attempted robbery and possession of a machete and imitation firearm.
The Tenby Road resident had a lengthy criminal record, stretching back to a robbery offence when he was 16.
Speaking after the sentencing, dad-of-two LCpl Robinson insisted he had acted “on instinct”.
DC Gaynor Moore said: “The courageous actions of this member of the public helped us to bring the offender to justice.”