Coventry stand-off enters second day 

Police in Coventry are thanking members of the community for their patience as a stand-off between a man on the roof of a house and officers on the ground enters a second day.

It began when a PC went to make a routine arrest at around 1pm yesterday afternoon (28 July) on William McKee Close in Willenhall but escalated when the 23-year-old locked himself in the attic.

He later made threats to stab officers who were trying to detain him and then emerged on the roof of the house holding a knife.

Specially trained negotiators were at the scene into the early hours attempting to talk the man down but these efforts have so far been unsuccessful.

Meanwhile two police officers have suffered minor injuries after being struck by tiles that were thrown from the roof overnight. Two police cars were also damaged.

Members of the public are not in any immediate danger, but nearby residents are being asked to stay indoors for their own safety.

Officers at the scene are on-hand to assist anyone who wants to enter or leave their home.

Force Incident Manager Chief Inspector Harvi Khatkar is managing the on-going operation. She said: “Our priority is to resolve this as peacefully as possible but it is a very sensitive scenario.

“We appreciate the massive impact on the local community and are grateful for their support and patience during this complex situation.”

Source:: West Midlands Police News

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