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Gunman shoots at Birmingham pub after being turned away for being drunk

This is the moment a gunman fired at a crowded Birmingham pub after being turned away for being drunk.

  • West Midlands Police Video

Lee Embley opened fire after becoming angry at door staff who refused him entry into the Harborne Stores on the High Street at around 9.05pm on 13 January.

He was escorted away from the entrance, and crystal clear CCTV footage released today shows how he reached into his waistband, pulled out a black revolver and fired once into the air as he walked away.

The bullet smashed through the window of an upstairs bedroom at the pub, where a family with children sometimes sleep.

The gun was recovered by police Credit: West Midlands Police

Embley, 42, got into his car, parked a few metres away on Station Road, and drove off.

Firearms officers in the area were alerted and spotted it on Lordswood Road.

When they tried to stop Embley, he made off at speeds of up to 80mph on 30mph roads.

He led police on a chase for nearly three miles before crashing into a ‘no entry’ sign on Alwold Road, Weoley Castle, where he was arrested.

Body worn video from the officers shows the moment they spotted the Colt .41 double action revolver, made in around 1912, lying on the road next to the car.

It had two bullets in the barrel, and one spent cartridge.

Bullets were still in the weapon Credit: West Midlands Police

Embley told police he had drunk eight cans of strong cider and eight double brandies before the shooting and did not know where he was when he woke up in a police cell.

He pleaded guilty to nine charges and was jailed for eight years for firearms and ammunition offences and another year for dangerous driving.

Embley, of no fixed address, was also banned from driving for six years.

Lee Embley opened fire after becoming angry at door staff who refused him entry Credit: West Midlands Police

DC Ian Leech, from the complex crime team, said:

This was a completely reckless shooting which could easily have resulted in the death of an innocent bystander.

Embley then put further lives at risk by driving while massively over the limit and it is by luck rather than fortune that no one was seriously hurt or killed.

Thanks to the excellent police work by the two firearms officers who spotted the car and then put their lives on the line by confronting Embley, we have taken another weapon with the potential to kill off the streets.

Gun crime is a top priority for West Midlands Police, and the sentence handed down shows that anyone who thinks it’s acceptable to carry or use these deadly weapons will face the full force of the law when they are caught.

– DC Ian Leech