Man shoots himself with air gun in six hour stand-off at Martin Road in Harleston

A man has suffered stomach injuries after shooting himself with an air gun.

The 45-year-old man has been arrested following the incident in Martin Road, Harleston, which happened yesterday evening.

The man, who shot himself, suffered minor injuries and is being treated in hospital following the six hour armed stand-off.

A Norfolk Police spokesman said: 'Police were called to a property on Martin Road in Harleston last night (Tuesday 7 February) at about 5.10pm to reports of a 45-year-old man with a suspected firearm making threats. Armed response units attended the scene along with trained police negotiators. In the interest of public safety, officers cordoned off an area around the property. During the incident the man discharged an air weapon into his stomach.'

'At about 11.10pm the man was detained and arrested by officers and taken to the James Paget hospital for treatment to his minor injuries sustained by air gun pellets and currently remains there. No taser or firearm was discharged in the incident. A seal remains in place at the property and a full search of the premises is being carried out today by crime scene investigators.'

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said paramedics were called at about 7.30pm, but did not take the man to hospital.

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