ARMED police have shot a man with a Baton round who reportedly pointed a firearm at children near a school in the village of Quorn, Leicestershire.
Officers from Leicestershire police were called shortly after 12pm following reports of a man in possession with a long-barrelled firearm in the area of Sarson Street.
The force said a “less lethal baton round was discharged” by officers at the scene. A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
The police said the man was treated by East Midlands Ambulance Service following reports of bruising to his arm before being taken into custody.
There are no reports of any other injuries.
A police cordon and road closures remain in place in surrounding areas while an investigation takes place.
A Leicestershire Police spokesman said: "Officers were called at 12.04pm today to a report of a man in possession of a long-barrelled firearm in the area of Sarson Street, Quorn.
"The man was reported to be walking around the area and was reported to have pointed the weapon at people in the area including young children.
“In the interests of public and officer safety, firearms officers were deployed to the scene.
"During the incident a less lethal baton round was discharged by officers against the man.
"The man was checked on by East Midlands Ambulance Service. He was reported to have suffered bruising to his arm.
"He is not reported to have suffered any other injuries at this time.
"The man, aged 50 and of Quorn, has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. He currently remains in police custody.
"The road remains closed at this stage. Officers remain in the area carrying out enquiries and providing reassurance.”
Leicestershire police has urged anyone with information to come forward by contacting the force on 101 quoting incident 224 of 11 November.
The weapon was very clearly an airgun and he was not close enough to cause any harm. The police used rubber bullets to deal with him and he was arrested. Calling it a "rifle" is being rather over dramatic in order to gain attention and sell advertising. If it had been a rifle the police would have responded with rifles in order to keep a safe distance.
Air weapons including Air "Rifles kill people every year. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/13488202_Air_weapon_fatalities
Many people are killed with butter knives as well but you are unlikely to see armed police arrive at your breakfast table. Air guns are no where near as dangerous as a rifle. To do the "X people are killed with band aids each year" fallacy does not help healthy debate. An air gun is unlikely to puncture the skin at more than 20 yards but I trained with the army at 800 yards using a rifle.