Police shot at in Lake Vyrnwy gun drama

By Sue Austin | Mid Wales | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

A major incident was declared after police were shot at when they called to a house at a Mid Wales beauty spot.

Roads were closed and a full firearms operation was launched at the property just a few hundred yards from Lake Vyrnwy.

A 44-year-old man from the Kidderminster area has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and firearms offences.

Police say the man was taken to hospital after a 'medical episode'.

The drama began just before 11am on Monday when officers attended an address near lake, the other end from the famous dam, to carry out a 'concern for safety' welfare check on the occupant.

A spokesman for the force said: "Upon arrival at the property the suspect discharged a firearm towards unarmed attending officers. They were unhurt and retreated to a safe location."

Dyfed Powys declared a full firearms incident.

Road closures were put in place, with the main Llanwyddyn to Bala road included in the roadblocks.



Specialist armed officers attended and set up a containment plan in the location.

The force said that other specialist police resources were brought in to manage the incident including the National Police Air Service helicopter support.

"Neighbouring police force resources supported the incident," the spokesman said.

"The area was contained whilst the incident was managed and brought to a successful conclusion with no one being hurt."


They said a suspect was arrested swiftly and safely on suspicion of attempted murder and firearms offences.

Lake Vyrnwy

"He was conveyed to hospital for treatment with police escort after a medical episode," the spokesman said.

His condition is not known.

The force said that police activity was continuing in the area on Tuesday with a thorough search being carried out as part of the investigation.

Residents, who did not want to be named, said the property that had been sealed off, was one of several run down estate homes sold by Severn Trent a few years ago.

They said it did not seem to be lived in permanently.

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.

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