Man who threatened to shoot police in dramatic stand-off appears in court (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Man who threatened to shoot police in dramatic Darlington stand-off appears in court
A MAN who threatened to shoot officers in a dramatic stand-off with armed police appeared in court today (Tuesday October 22).
The street was sealed off during the four-hour stand-off with suspected gunman Christopher Kyle Thompson, 26.
Belford Gardens in Darlington was cordoned off in the early hours of Tuesday July 16 after Thompson made threats to kill himself and officers.
Police were called by his mother, who told them her son had smashed up her house and was wielding a knife.
Shortly afterwards, officers received calls from Thompson claiming he was armed with a gun and a chainsaw.
Roads around the area were closed for hours while specialist negotiators tried to persuade him to give himself up.
He was arrested at 6.30am and later pleaded guilty to causing the wasteful employment of police.
He was due to be sentenced at Darlington Magistrate’s Court today but the case was adjourned awaiting psychiatric reports.
Laura Saunders-Jerrom, mitigating, said: “Christopher has had a troubled 18 months or so, that began with the breakdown of a relationship."
She said that mental health issues and volatility contributed to the “very serious incident.”
Thompson, of Staindrop Road, Darlington, will appear before magistrates again on Tuesday November 19. He was granted bail.
He also faces one charge of criminal damage, relating to an incident involving his former partner.
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