A man has been arrested on suspicion of various firearms offences after Armed Response Vehicles and the National Police Air Service were called to reports of a male firing shots from the window of a block of flats.
Kent Police closed roads around the dockside area of Chatham while they dealt with the incident.
Residents were urged to stay away from the area until the incident had been contained.
Witnesses called 999 after reportedly seeing a man ‘firing weapons’ from a balcony.
A male filmed himself firing shots out of a window with a handgun
One video that has been shared on social media shows a witness shouting: “He’s up there. He’s up there sitting on that yellow thing with a machine gun, a handgun and a rifle”.
Loud bangs could be heard in the background of the video footage.
In another video, a male can be seen firing a handgun out his window as cartridges are emitted from the weapon.
Cartridges can be seen flying out of the chamber of the weapon
The male was filming himself and singing along to some music while firing the rounds.
Armed officers managed to contain the threat and found four suspected imitation firearms on the top floor of the building.
In a statement released by Kent Police, a spokesperson for the force said:
“Kent Police was called at 8.35 am to a disturbance at a flat on Dock Head Road, Chatham.
“Members of the public reported seeing a man on a balcony with weapons and patrols, including armed officers, attended the scene.
“The Police helicopter was also deployed, and a man in his 30s has now been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences”.
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