MARCUS Rhoden was no stranger to the world of violence and guns, despite being in only his early 20s.
He was cleared of murder after an incident in which a man was shot in the mouth at close range.
Rhoden, then just 20, pulled a gun from under his car seat and blasted at 23-year-old Michael Trevor Francois in April 2003.
The killing in Bradford Road, Fartown, was captured on CCTV film.
He told the Leeds Crown Court jury in 2004 he was acting in self-defence.
The trial had heard there was a bitter four-year feud between the two men, which erupted in bloody violence.
Yesterday the court heard Rhoden had an eight-year criminal history which included four previous convictions, two for offences of serious violence.
He was jailed in January 2004 for three years for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
It was a year and a week after his release that the Clare Hill incident unfolded.
Det Supt Andy Brennan said: "Marcus Rhoden thought he was untouchable.
"He was a very dangerous man.
"I am in no doubt that if we had not caught him as well as his two friends, there would have been a person or persons who were killed as a result of their actions."
Det Supt Brennan said he believed Rhoden's claims that he did not know the car he shot at contained two police officers.
He added: "He thought they were from the opposing gang.
"But it could have been a member of the public, someone just visiting a member of their family in Clare Hill."
Rahuel Delucca, 37, who was described as a "fantasist" and a "Walter Mitty figure" during court proceedings, was a dangerous individual, according to Det Supt Brennan.
When police raised his flat they discovered a number of weapons, rounds of ammunition and even equipment which meant he could manufacture his own bullets.
Delucca even told police he was working for the British secret services.
Det Supt Brennan added: "Irrespective of how he as been described in court, anyone who has that amount of ammunition and firearms is very dangerous. That man is capable of anything."
Delucca was firing at cars on Bradford Road, using an Iraqi-made Tariq 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
Rhoden used a Browning .765 semi-automatic handgun to fire at the police.
As well as these weapons, during raids cops found a sawn-off shot gun and a Derringer.
Det Insp Andy Parr, who is heading a new team aiming to tackle drugs and firearm violence in Kirklees, said: "These two weapons are still very dangerous. They can kill people."
Det Supt Brennan added: "Since the arrest of Rhoden, Delucca and Fray, gun crime in Kirklees has gone down.
"Although there had been a series of incidents in the Huddersfield area we haven't been forensically and evidentially able to link them to them, but we believe they are responsible."
Police also recovered more than 100 rounds of ammunition.
Det Supt Brennan also read out a statement from the police officer wounded by Rhoden.
Pc Andrew Branch said: "We do put our lives on the line when we go into work, but you never really expect to come into the firing line.
"We thought we had been shot that night and we thought that we were going to die.
"I'm relieved that it's all over now and I can start to move on with my life."