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Man who shot imitation firearms from balcony in Oxford is jailed

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A man who fired imitation firearms from a balcony in Oxford, shutting down part of the city centre for 14 hours, has been jailed.

On 7th May last year, police were called to Paradise Square where Duncan Shearman, 26, was firing shots from imitation firearms on his balcony.

After getting into an argument with a neighbour, Shearman had picked up a gun and point it directly at his head from his balcony above.

When police arrived, Shearman had locked himself in his flat, later heading back to his balcony to fire a gun at two police officers and neighbouring balconies.

Credit: 2018

Police fired a live round before firing a baton round, which hit him in the chest and knocked him to the ground.

Paradise Square, Paradise Street and part of Norfolk Street were closed and nearby residents were evacuated from their homes for a number of hours while officers worked to resolve the stand-off.

Shearman eventually gave himself up to police shortly before 3am the following day.

It was later discovered the realistic-looking firearms were black firing revolvers, pistols, air weapons, and also included a .380 Blank Kimar Python, and a .380 Blank Bruni BBM New 380.

  • Gunshots can be heard as video shows bodycam footage of siege
Credit: 2018

During the incident Shearman had thrown a number of items from the balcony, including a vacuum cleaner, a coat stand and paint which damaged some of his neighbour’s property.

Duncan Shearman, 26, of Paradise Square, Oxford admitted a count of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, and a count of damaging property on 21 January at Oxford Crown Court.

The 26-year-old will serve six years in jail and a further four years on licence.

Multiple streets were closed during the stand-off Credit: 2018