Stratton Siege: Witness tells of hearing ’15 to 20 shots’

AN eyewitness to last night’s gun siege drama has described hearing 15 to 20 shots fired.

Luke McDonough, who lives on Darling Close where it happened, saw the incident unfold from his upstairs window.

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He said: “I had met my mate. He had come around for a cuppa and we were sat out in the garden.

“He went to leave so we walked out of the front to his car and then I noticed a shadow in the window of the house opposite.

“I looked up and realised it was a gun hanging out, so of course we ran back into the house and I rang the police.

“They told me they were already dealing with the exact incident I had reported to them.”

At around 7.30pm last night police were called to the cul-de-sac after multiple reports of shots being fired.

Luke added: “We went up to the top bedroom to see what was going on and we heard two shots go off.

“It lasted around 90 minutes to two hours and I think we heard about 15 to 20 shots in total.

“In the end it looked like they managed to speak to him and get him down.

“All the windows on the house were smashed and there was glass everywhere.”

A 31-year-old man was arrested in connection to the event and has been charged with suspicion of possession of a firearm, criminal damage and common assault.

“It was quite scary to see it unfold.” Luke added, “You don’t expect to see it here. It’s such a quiet street, it was very surreal.

“If I’m honest I’m not sure how I felt, I had a lot of adrenalin, but I wasn’t too scared, more just worried about the other people.”

Multiple police officers and armed police attended the scene and after the event, Wiltshire Police released a statement that said: “Due to the nature of the incident, arm officers attended and on arrival found a man pointing and then shooting a weapon at police from a building.

“Officers quickly contained the situation, and no-one was injured.

“As a precaution, officers did require some members of the public to stay indoors or at local pubs while they dealt with the incident and we would like to thank them for their patience and understanding.”

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