Church gunman suspect arrested after flat raid

We’ve arrested a man in connection with a firearms alert earlier today when a man was seen waving a gun around in a Walsall church.

Several people contacted us this morning to report a man inside St Paul’s Church, Darwall Street, brandishing what appeared to be a handgun.

Armed officers were deployed to the area and the police helicopter lifted in a bid to locate the man.

We quickly secured and publicised a CCTV image of the suspect.

Armed police contained the flat before moving in to make an arrest
Armed police contained the flat before moving in to make an arrest

The appeal prompted further sightings and together with local enquiries in the area led us to a flat in Sandwell Street, Walsall, where a suspect was arrested just before 8pm. 

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence; he is being transported to police custody.

Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Steve Radford, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who responded to our appeal and provided information. It helped us identify a suspect and an address which we then contained with armed officers.

“We’re currently in the process of searching the flat.

“I’d like to praise the professionalism of all the officers involved who have brought this incident to a safe conclusion.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact us via Live Chat or call 101 quoting log number 1039 of 10 September.

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