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Gunman told police ‘just shoot me’ after firing shots in Swindon stand-off

The incident happened in Lower Stratton. Photo: Nicola Salt

A gunman told armed police "just shoot me, just shoot me" after firing shots at officers in a tense stand-off in Swindon, according to a witness.

The man, described as bald, topless and with tattoos, surrendered after shooting at armed officers during the hour-long incident yesterday evening (Wednesday 28 August).

Drinkers were locked in nearby pubs as the incident unfolded in the Lower Stratton area of the town.

Wiltshire Police said a 31-year-old local man was arrested.

One witness, who did not wish to be named, posted a video of an officer shouting "come to the window with nothing in your hands".

I heard loud bangs and thought someone had fireworks going off.

But I had my window open and I heard 'stop, armed police' so I ran to my window I saw around six officers with shields and guns behind cars with torches pointed to his windows.

I saw the guy at the window put a pistol or something out and then it flashed. That happened two times. Then his window smashed.

There was a stand-off. He was shouting 'just shoot me, just shoot me.'

– Witness
Drinkers were locked in surrounding buys as the incident unfolded. Credit: Nicola Salt

The 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm, criminal damage and common assault.

He has been taken to Gablecross police station and is currently in custody.

Inspector Andy Bridge, from Swindon North Community Policing Team, said:

Last night’s events were clearly shocking and worrying for everyone involved - both the people living in the area and the emergency services who responded.

Luckily, nobody was injured as a result of the incident and officers were able to resolve the situation relatively quickly.

I would like to commend all the police officers and staff who attended last night and found themselves in a very frightening position.

They showed bravery and professionalism in very difficult circumstances.

I would also like to thank all the members of the public in the area for their patience whilst we brought the incident under control, and I would like to reassure everyone that we will now be carrying out a detailed investigation to determine exactly what happened.

– Inspector Andy Bridge
Shots were fired during the incident but nobody was injured. Credit: Nicola Salt

During the incident shots were fired at police officers, but nobody was hurt.

A woman in her 60s was taken to hospital in Bristol after suffering a medical episode during the evening but was not injured as a result of the incident.