Man detained over Falmouth police shooting 'threat'

Ch Insp Ian Drummond Smith
Image caption Ch Insp Ian Drummond Smith said a man had threatened to shoot a police officer

A 34-year-old man has been detained after reports of an individual threatening to shoot a police officer in Cornwall.

Police said a man called the ambulance service at approximately 02:00 GMT and made the threats against an officer in Falmouth.

Thirteen officers, including armed police, were sent to the town.

Police found a deactivated shotgun in Arwenack Avenue near Falmouth Town railway station.

Image caption A shotgun was found on Arwenack Avenue, Falmouth

Ch Insp Ian Drummond-Smith said: "These officers were heading into a dangerous situation but they still went in there. It just shows the dangers the police face on the streets every day."

Officers later found a 34-year-old man on a boat in Falmouth harbour. Police said he claimed to have doused the vessel in fuel and was threatening to set it on fire.

He was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro shortly after 04:30.

Police, firefighters, ambulance staff, the coastguard and the RNLI were all involved in the operation.

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