This was the moment armed police surrounded a suspected gunman next to a children’s playground.
Half a dozen officers wielding Heckler & Koch submachine guns swooped on the bare-chested man in an Exeter park while members of the public enjoying the hottest day of the year were kept back from the scene.
After an hour-long stand-off, the man gave himself up and lay face down on the ground as he waited to be handcuffed.
The bare-chested man lay on the ground following an hour-long stand-off with armed police
A member of the public called police to report a man brandishing a gun in the park.
Officers found a replica gun at the scene following the scare on Monday in Exeter Quay, Devon.
Earlier that day, Prince Edward had opened the Haven Banks activity centre at the quay, but the two incidents are not thought to be linked.
One witness told the Exeter Express & Echo: ‘It’s the sort of incident that happens once in a blue moon around here.’
Marc Carpenter, 33, of Exeter, has been charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear and violence.
At least half a dozen armed police officers with submachine guns surrounded the man while members of the public were kept out of the way
The 33-year-old man has been charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear and violence
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: ‘Our role was to contain the scene and clear members of the public away from it.
‘The armed response was authorised at 4.30pm and a negotiator was also called. He was eventually arrested at 5.25pm.’
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