Oxford stand-off ends peacefully 14 hours after gunman shot at police

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A father and son argument may have led to a 14-hour stand-off with armed police, neighbours say, as video captures shots ringing out after the gunman exchanged fire with armed police in the centre of Oxford. 

Police were embroiled in an overnight stand-off with armed man, who traded shots with officers before retreating inside a flat on Monday and refused to come out.

A 24-year-old man, who has not been named, is being questioned by detectives after he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on Tuesday morning.

One person was treated by paramedics at the scene for injuries that aren’t life-threatening, but no further details were given. 

In the video taken by a neighbour, a commotion can faintly be heard in the background before a loud gunshot rings out, followed by several other shots.

Now neighbours n Norfolk Road in Paradise Square have claimed the incident may have been sparked by a row between a father and son, as police search for clues into what happened.  

A father and son argument may have led to a 14-hour stand-off with armed police where shots were fired in the centre of Oxford on Monday, according to neighbours

A father and son argument may have led to a 14-hour stand-off with armed police where shots were fired in the centre of Oxford on Monday, according to neighbours

A father and son argument may have led to a 14-hour stand-off with armed police where shots were fired in the centre of Oxford on Monday, according to neighbours

Armed police were locked in a stand-off with a gunman after a dramatic shootout in Oxford city centre overnight. Pictured: Officials on Monday 

Armed police were locked in a stand-off with a gunman after a dramatic shootout in Oxford city centre overnight. Pictured: Officials on Monday 

Armed police were locked in a stand-off with a gunman after a dramatic shootout in Oxford city centre overnight. Pictured: Officials on Monday 

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after Oxford police ended a 14 hour stand-off with the gunman

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after Oxford police ended a 14 hour stand-off with the gunman

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after Oxford police ended a 14 hour stand-off with the gunman

Thames Valley Police updated the public on Tuesday morning shortly before 6.30am, saying the siege had ended but that a small scene watch would remains in place

Thames Valley Police updated the public on Tuesday morning shortly before 6.30am, saying the siege had ended but that a small scene watch would remains in place

Thames Valley Police updated the public on Tuesday morning shortly before 6.30am, saying the siege had ended but that a small scene watch would remains in place

Crime officers in white boiler suits took equipment into the apartment complex on Tuesday to search for clues into what lead up to the incident on Bank Holiday Monday, as people enjoyed meals and drinks just tens of metres away.

The armed response unit, armoured vehicles, firefighters and paramedics descended onto the new apartment development where two-bedroom homes were on the market for more than £600,000 pounds, near the historic Oxford Castle site. 

Residents were told to stay inside their home while others unable to get through the police cordon were kept at police stations before being sent to hotels for the night.

People in homes that were inside the cordon said they understood an argument between a son and his father was the reason the incident began.

One resident in Paradise Square said: ‘I heard it was argument between a man and his son. The dad lives in the flat.’

One man, who works at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford was not evacuated until 9pm, when police took him, his wife and his four young children to safety.

‘He was shooting off the balcony at police officers. I could tell it was gunfire by the way it echoed, it definitely was not a car,’ he said.

‘I was out with my kids, the youngest of whom is seven weeks old, and came back about 2pm. The police were there and they told us to stay inside.

‘I was standing on my balcony when I heard five gunshots. I went back inside and came out the front of my house at about 9pm for a cigarette.

‘A police officer saw me and asked me what I was doing and I told him I had been here for a while. The officer told me they had to evacuate me and my family.

‘We had to leave straight away, we didn’t have time to grab anything.’

Crime officers in white boiler suits took equipment into the apartment complex on Tuesday to search for clues into what lead up to the incident on Bank Holiday Monday, as people enjoyed meals and drinks just tens of metres away

Crime officers in white boiler suits took equipment into the apartment complex on Tuesday to search for clues into what lead up to the incident on Bank Holiday Monday, as people enjoyed meals and drinks just tens of metres away

Crime officers in white boiler suits took equipment into the apartment complex on Tuesday to search for clues into what lead up to the incident on Bank Holiday Monday, as people enjoyed meals and drinks just tens of metres away

Norfolk Road in Paradise Square was put on lock down around 1pm on Monday after several shots were fired from a residential property and armed response officers returned fire 

Norfolk Road in Paradise Square was put on lock down around 1pm on Monday after several shots were fired from a residential property and armed response officers returned fire 

Norfolk Road in Paradise Square was put on lock down around 1pm on Monday after several shots were fired from a residential property and armed response officers returned fire 

One person was treated by paramedics at the scene for injuries that aren't life-threatening, but no further details were given

One person was treated by paramedics at the scene for injuries that aren't life-threatening, but no further details were given

One person was treated by paramedics at the scene for injuries that aren’t life-threatening, but no further details were given

The man, who did not want to be named, was taken to St Aldates Police Station in Oxford were he waited to be put in a hotel with his wife and children, aged six, five and two, as well as the seven-week-old baby.

He added: ‘I’ve lived here for just over two years, it’s a quiet area, with families and students.’

Barbara Chapman, 47, is another neighbour who has lived on Paradise Square for more than 10 years.

She said: ‘It felt like a real life episode Police Interceptors.

‘It just seemed unreal. It was not until afterwards looking back that you think ‘There was a shootout in the garden next to yours’.

‘There was several rounds of gunfire. The police came into the house with their guns and told us we had to leave.

‘Me and my three children who are 11, 15 and 5 years old, went to stay with some friends.’

As well as the Peartree Travel Lodge, residents were put up in the Holiday Inn at the Kassam Stadium.  

After announcing the stand-off had ended, Superintendent Joe Kidman, Oxford’s Local Policing Area Commander, said in a statement: ‘I would like to thank the community for their understanding and patience while we worked to resolve the incident safely. 

‘Officers are particularly grateful for the support of members of the public and local businesses. While the investigation is ongoing people travelling in to Oxford should not experience any further disruption.’ 

No further details of the gunman were given.  

Armed officers descended on the residential property at around 1.15pm on Monday after witnesses reported hearing up to five gunshots. 

Members of the public were warned to avoid the area, but police say the incident was not being treated as terrorism.

A witness said more loud bangs were heard later on Monday night, which sounded like gunfire, followed by shouting.

Speaking to the Press Association just after 10pm on Monday, she added: ‘The situation is very much ongoing.’

A cordon was rolled out, blocking access to Paradise Square, where the stand-off was taking place and residents were warned to stay inside.

Neighbouring Paradise Street and Castle Street were also shut, and residents are were told they couldn’t return to their homes in that area.

Norfolk Road was on lock down after shots were fired from a residential property in Paradise Square before armed response officers returned fire

Norfolk Road was on lock down after shots were fired from a residential property in Paradise Square before armed response officers returned fire

Norfolk Road was on lock down after shots were fired from a residential property in Paradise Square before armed response officers returned fire

Armed officers descended on the residential property at around 1.15pm on Monday after witnesses reported hearing up to five gunshots

Armed officers descended on the residential property at around 1.15pm on Monday after witnesses reported hearing up to five gunshots

Armed officers descended on the residential property at around 1.15pm on Monday after witnesses reported hearing up to five gunshots

A cordon was rolled out blocking access to Paradise Square, where the stand-off was taking place and residents were warned to stay inside

A cordon was rolled out blocking access to Paradise Square, where the stand-off was taking place and residents were warned to stay inside

A cordon was rolled out blocking access to Paradise Square, where the stand-off was taking place and residents were warned to stay inside

There was a heavy police presence near Paradise Square where armed officers were locked in a stand-off with a gunman

There was a heavy police presence near Paradise Square where armed officers were locked in a stand-off with a gunman

There was a heavy police presence near Paradise Square where armed officers were locked in a stand-off with a gunman

A convoy of masked policeman were seen entering the cordon around the Oxford shooting, with at least four individuals spread between two vehicles. 

David Gallagher, a spokesperson for South Central Ambulance Service, said one person was being treated in an ambulance near the scene, for injuries that are not life-threatening.

He was not able to give details about the injuries, but said: ‘We have another ambulance and a rapid response vehicle at the scene.

‘Further resources are en route to support those already at the scene, but there are currently no further patients.’

A line of ambulances were parked in Castle Street. At about 5pm, paramedics were seen carrying a stretcher of medical equipment towards Paradise Square. 

Fire engines, police cars and sniffer dogs were also seen at the scene – which is just a 10 minute walk from Oxford University’s Pembroke College,

Police helicopters were seen overhead as well, circling the area in a bid to get information on the siege. 

A nearby resident, who did not want to be named, said he first heard two loud bangs early in the morning, but thought it was just Bank Holiday fireworks.

Later that day, he said he witnessed the start of the altercation between an armed man and the police, during which he heard around 20 shots exchanged.

He said: ‘I was frightened. I saw how easy he got down from his balcony, and I was terrified for a second, thinking he was going to come get me.

‘He was shooting from the balcony and then he climbed down the balcony, he was in the gardens and police were kicking the back doors to other gardens trying to get him.

‘Then he climbed back up and shot again. And that’s when they shot him in the head I think and in the chest.

‘I could hear a female negotiator and an armed response man trying to get him to put his hands up, let go of the gun, keep his hands on show and things like that.’ 

A gunman exchanged fire with police in a dramatic shootout that led to a number of streets in Oxford being sealed off on Bank Holiday Monday

A gunman exchanged fire with police in a dramatic shootout that led to a number of streets in Oxford being sealed off on Bank Holiday Monday

A gunman exchanged fire with police in a dramatic shootout that led to a number of streets in Oxford being sealed off on Bank Holiday Monday

Armed response officers descended on a residential property in Paradise Square after witnesses reported hearing gunshots at around 1.15pm

Armed response officers descended on a residential property in Paradise Square after witnesses reported hearing gunshots at around 1.15pm

Armed response officers descended on a residential property in Paradise Square after witnesses reported hearing gunshots at around 1.15pm

The resident said he heard a man repeating that he needed medical treatment, before getting ‘really angry, shouting, roaring at them (the police)’.

He said the whole street had been evacuated and families were getting anxious about where they would be able to spend the night as darkness fell. 

One resident in Paradise Square, who asked not to be named, said: ‘I was coming home with my kids and police wouldn’t let us into the street.

‘I heard about five gunshots and there was an armed response.

‘Flats have been evacuated and police were trying to talk someone down from their balcony.’

The resident added he was eventually allowed back into his house, but was told to stay inside. 

A woman, who asked not to be named, said the gunfire was ‘scary’, but added the incident became ‘almost surreal’ as the siege went on.

She was sat on her balcony when she heard loud bangs, shouting and dogs barking on Monday afternoon.

‘After a second round it became apparent these were gunshots so I rushed inside,’ she told the Press Association.

‘There was a couple more shots, three spurts in total, still a lot of shouting and barking. I heard a man shout ‘show me your hands’ repeatedly.

‘The shouting continued and only quietened down an hour later or so, between now and then there have been bursts of shouting, barks and helicopters.

‘I’ve heard no more shots since though. The entire area outside my flat is sealed off, and there is a police officer with a dog stationed a few metres from the balcony.’ 

 Just a 10 minute walk from Oxford University's Pembroke College, ambulances, fire engines, police cars and dog units were seen at the scene

 Just a 10 minute walk from Oxford University's Pembroke College, ambulances, fire engines, police cars and dog units were seen at the scene

 Just a 10 minute walk from Oxford University’s Pembroke College, ambulances, fire engines, police cars and dog units were seen at the scene

 The armed response unit was deployed to the city centre and officers were seen combing the area with sniffer dogs after reports that a man had access to a firearm

 The armed response unit was deployed to the city centre and officers were seen combing the area with sniffer dogs after reports that a man had access to a firearm

 The armed response unit was deployed to the city centre and officers were seen combing the area with sniffer dogs after reports that a man had access to a firearm

Shots were fired at officers from the property and they returned fire, Thames Valley Police said on Twitter 

Shots were fired at officers from the property and they returned fire, Thames Valley Police said on Twitter 

Shots were fired at officers from the property and they returned fire, Thames Valley Police said on Twitter 

One person was treated by paramedics at the scene for injuries that aren't life-threatening, but no further details were given 

One person was treated by paramedics at the scene for injuries that aren't life-threatening, but no further details were given 

One person was treated by paramedics at the scene for injuries that aren’t life-threatening, but no further details were given 

Dean Dwyer, 21, added that he was on his way to meet friends at the pub when he heard police officers shouting.

He said: ‘They shouted, ‘armed police, show me your hands’ quite a few times. Then they asked us to move along the street quite hastily.

‘So I went into the pub, and that’s when I heard the gunshots.’

Janet Borgerson was in the nearby Hotel Malmaison when she heard ‘explosive cracks’ she thought were holiday festivities before another series of ‘loud bangs’.

‘Again, I thought the second round were firecrackers. I noticed hotel bar staff ushering people inside,’ she told the Press Association.

Ms Borgerson, who is visiting the city from America, said guests were later told by an armed officer that they were ‘perfectly safe’ and allowed to leave the hotel.

‘Because the shooting was directly behind the hotel block in which my room is I did feel worried that someone with a larger weapon could be a threat.

‘But the police were quickly on site and after 45 minutes or so inside, and then briefed by police, they seemed to have the shooter isolated,’ she said.

‘To the police after a short time, this was definitely a ‘keep calm and carry on’ moment.’

One resident took to Twitter and said: ‘Armed security says, ‘just carry on..’

‘Seems security has shooter in cordoned area & are not worried about wider threat. Security says we may hear more gunshots.’ 

Residents had reported hearing ‘a series of loud bangs’ in the area before an armed response unit was sent in. 

A 27-year-old masters student at the University of Oxford, who lives in Paradise Square, said: ‘I saw a bunch of cops running down the road. They had shields and massive guns.

‘I went outside to see what was going in but the police told me to go in.

A number of roads were closed in the area and residents warned to stay inside their homes 

A number of roads were closed in the area and residents warned to stay inside their homes 

A number of roads were closed in the area and residents warned to stay inside their homes 

Some Oxford residents have taken to social media to warn people to steer clear of the area

Some Oxford residents have taken to social media to warn people to steer clear of the area

Some Oxford residents have taken to social media to warn people to steer clear of the area

‘I heard some shots, then there was quite a period of silence, and then some more shots.’

The woman, who did not want to be named, added: ‘I heard more than five shots total definitely. It all happened at about half past 2. I don’t know what happened at quarter past 1.’

‘The police said ‘stay away from the windows at the back of the house’.’

‘I was coming home with my kids and police wouldn’t let us into the street,’ one resident in Paradise Square told the Oxford Mail.

‘I heard about five gunshots and there was an armed response.

‘Flats have been evacuated and police were trying to talk someone down from their balcony. Police told me to stay in my house.’  

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: ‘Armed response officers are at a residential property in Paradise Square following a report shortly after 1.15pm today that a man had access to a firearm.

‘Shots were fired from the property and police returned fire.

‘Officers are currently negotiating with the man as they work to resolve the situation.

‘Norfolk Road is closed while officers are dealing with the incident and members of the public are asked to avoid the immediate area where emergency services are present.’

Superintendent Joe Kidman, Oxford Local Policing Area Commander said: ‘People in Oxford will notice an increased police presence in the area while officers are dealing with the incident, which is contained and taking place at a residential property.

‘If you have any concerns or wish to raise anything please approach and speak to an officer or call the non-emergency number 101.’