Shooting suspect on run since 2017 arrested outside gym
A wanted man who’s been on the run for the last four years has been arrested after we spotted him outside a gym at a Birmingham business park.
One of our armed units moved in to detain the man – sought over a shooting last month, plus importing guns and drugs supply – after he was spotted in a car in Shirley yesterday (6 Oct).
The black BMW was located at Blythe Valley Business Park at around 12.30pm and the 28-year-old arrested on suspicion of attempted murder over the shooting in Agatha’s Road, Saltley, on 23 September.
In that incident a man suffered shotgun wounds to his arm and neck; thankfully he wasn’t seriously injured.
But he was also wanted for failing to attend court back in 2017 having been charged on suspicion of importing firearms, supplying Class A drugs and perverting the course of justice.
Another man, the 22-year-old driver, was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Both men remain in police custody today.
It’s suspected the 28-year-old, from Birmingham, fled the UK to Pakistan having skipped court in 2017 where he lay low to avoid capture.
Sergeant Chris Smith from our FCID said: “This is a significant arrest. We acted swiftly on receiving intelligence he was at the location and armed officers spotted the car about to leave the car park.
“The suspect tried giving us false details in the hope he could escape but an officer with detailed knowledge of the case was on hand to identify him.
“He’s a man we’ve been after for quite some time, someone linked to serious criminality involving firearms, and it’s great we now have him in custody.”