A gun was aimed at five policemen in Preston – but failed to go off when the trigger was pulled.
The drama unfolded on the driveway of a bungalow in Ribbleton Avenue, Ribbleton, at 11am yesterday.
This incident just goes to show the sort of things that officers are faced with every day of their working lives
Police said a man had been involved in a domestic incident in Coppull at 10.30am, before driving into Preston.
They claim there was no chase but when officers caught up with his Ford Focus, the man pulled into the drive of a dormer bungalow.
As he got out of the car the man pointed what appeared to be a handgun at officers and pulled the trigger, a police source said. The weapon did not fire and no-one was hurt.
The man was detained and a firearm has been recovered and is being analysed.
A 29-year-old man from St Helens has been arrested on suspicion of assault and possession of a firearm and last night was in custody. Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Mclean said: “These officers have shown incredible bravery in detaining this man after having a firearm pointed at them.
“This incident just goes to show the sort of things that officers are faced with every day of their working lives.”
Yesterday afternoon a riot van and dog van were parked outside the bungalow and five officers were seen searching the garage.
The gate was locked, with a silver Mercedes and a red Audi A3 on the drive.
Local traders said they shocked at the number of police vehicles. One man said: “There were riot vans all over.”