Full SAUCE of the law! Armed police order £4.19 McMuffin meal from UberEats in bid to coax ‘gunman’ from house and end nine-hour siege
- Police negotiators were engaged in a nine-hour standoff with a man in a house
- The suspect had barricaded himself into a house in Kidderminster yesterday
- After about nine hours an armed officer tried to deliver a McDonald’s to the man
- The man rejected the offer of breakfast but gave himself up shortly afterwards
Police tried to end a nine-hour armed stand-off with a suspected gunman – by offering him with a McDonald’s breakfast.
Balaclava-clad officers used the £4.19 McMuffin meal to try and lure the man after hours of failed negotiating in Kidderminster, Worcestershire yesterday.
But the suspect, who had barricaded himself inside a house and was threatening to harm himself told them he was not interested in the food.
The armed police officer, pictured, tried to deliver a McDonald’s breakfast to the suspect who had barricaded himself into a house in Kidderminster, Worcestershire yesterday morning
The armed officer, pictured, tried to deliver the McDonald’s takeaway to the suspect who refused to accept the food. West Mercia Police said the delivery of fast food was one of their tactics when dealing with a siege situation
An eyewitness said armed officers arrived at the scene at 3am and around 10am they attempted to deliver the takeaway meal
An eyewitness said: ‘Armed police were here from 3am and by 10am they had got nowhere. He was making threats and refusing to surrender.
‘Then the McDonald’s got delivered to the scene in a brown paper bag. It must have been a breakfast because it was so early.
‘An armed officer took it to the door but he refused it. Maybe he wanted a Burger King.’
West Mercia Police confirmed it summoned the McDonald’s, which was then delivered by UberEats.
A spokesman said ordering fast food was among a ‘range of tactics’ used by negotiators.
The stand-off, which started at 3am and saw residents evacuated from their homes, ended at around midday.
Fire crews, dog handlers and medics were all on standby outside Park Court, in Park Street.
A man, 52, was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.
He was taken to hospital by ambulance as a precaution.
Chief Inspector Helen Kinrade said: ‘We are pleased to have brought this incident to a safe resolution and I would like to thank any residents affected for their patience.
‘A range of tactics and communications skills are used by negotiators, always with the aim of resolving a situation safely.’
Chief Inspector Helen Kinrade said: ‘We are pleased to have brought this incident to a safe resolution and I would like to thank any residents affected for their patience. A range of tactics and communications skills are used by negotiators, always with the aim of resolving a situation safely’