A man has been jailed after a stand-off with police where he threatened to shoot officers – with a toy gun.
Gunman Michael Williams, 46, barricaded himself in his home in Thorntree, Middlesbrough, after ‘misplaced affection’ led him to harass his next-door neighbour, who called local police.
Mr Williams’ barrister Uzma Khan said her client wanted police to shoot him dead in the stand-off.
The court heard Mr Williams developed an ‘attachment’ to his neighbour after his partner left him and was persistent in his pursuit of her, even though she made it clear that she was not interested in a relationship.
He shouted, ‘you think you’re clever don’t you?’ before telling her, ‘I’ve got a gun and I will use it,’ which prompted her to call the police.
Mr Williams then shouted abuse to officers, yelling ‘someone is getting shot tonight’, but the stand-off ended abruptly when he was hit in the face with a non-lethal projectile and disarmed.
Ms Khan said Mr Williams had picked up his children’s toy guns while drunk and high on drugs after three failed attempts on his life.
‘The purpose was to provoke the officers into shooting at him,’ she said.
Judge Howard Crowson praised police for resolving the problem without using lethal force.
Mr Williams was jailed for 21 months and given an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting his former neighbour.
15 May 2014 | 11:49 am – Source: metro.co.uk