Stand-off with armed police and suspected gunman described as a cry for help (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Stand-off with armed police and suspected gunman described as a cry for help
A FOUR-HOUR stand-off between a suspected gunman and police officers was described as a cry for help from a troubled young man.
Armed police, specialist negotiators and police dogs were dispatched to Darlington’s Belford Gardens in July after Christopher Kyle Thompson threatened to shoot officers.
Darlington Magistrates Court today heard that Thompson’s mother had called police in the early hours of Tuesday July 16, telling them her son had smashed up her house and was holding a knife.
Shortly afterwards, officers began receiving calls from Thompson, 26, who claimed he was armed with a gun and a chainsaw.
Officers could hear a revving sound over the phone, though it later transpired the sound came from a mini-motorbike kept at the property.
Jonathan Bambro, prosecuting, said: “He said he was in possession of a 9mm handgun, five rounds of ammunition and a chainsaw.
“He was making threats to police and negotiators, saying ‘I have got a 9mm pistol with five rounds and I am telling you, if you come through the door I will show you.
“I will put five rounds through an officer. I would like you to call my bluff. I am sat here waiting for you to come in.
“If you come in, you are going to get hurt.’”
Roads around the area were cordoned off for hours whilst negotiations with the “extremely agitated and un-cooperative” Thompson were on-going.
He was eventually persuaded to leave the property and was arrested at around 6.30am.
No gun was discovered but Thompson was found to be carrying two butter knives when arrested.
He pleaded guilty to causing the wasteful employment of police when he appeared before magistrates yesterday (Tuesday, August 20).
Laura Saunders-Jerrom, migitating, said the event had been triggered by a traumatic break-up, the loss of his unborn baby and the loss of his job.
She said: “Mr Thompson is a troubled young man. This was the love of his life and there came to be a lot of bitterness and resentment.
“He lost her, he lost his baby and he lost his job. Although this was a serious offence, it was clearly a cry for help.”
The case has been adjourned for the preparation of pre-sentence reports.
Thompson, of Belford Gardens, has been released on unconditional bail until Tuesday, October 22.
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