A man wanted by police after a female officer was shot on a “routine” call to a disturbance has been arrested, police said.
West Yorkshire Police launched a manhunt for James Leslie, 37, after the female officer was shot and injured shortly after 4am today while attending a routine call to a disturbance in Cardigan Road in the Hyde Park district of Leeds.
A force spokesman said: “Police in Leeds have arrested a 37-year-old man in connection with the shooting of an officer earlier this morning. The man was arrested at 10.10am on Wood Lane in the Headingley area of the city.”
The force said two uniformed officers attended a “routine call” about a disturbance and were confronted by a man at the address who fired at them.
“One female officer received serious but non life-threatening injuries. A male officer was uninjured. The female officer is currently undergoing treatment in hospital,” said a police spokesman.
Kieran Williams, 17, described how he had an altercation with Leslie yesterday and a women police officer called round to take information from his housemates during the night after a bottle was thrown through their window. He said he later heard multiple shots.
The teenager said Leslie came to his house, which backs on to the scene of the shooting, complaining that someone was shining a torch through his window.
“That argument died down but he was carrying on for about five or six hours. He was going on and on and on, slamming his doors and going ‘Come out, you faggots, come out, you faggots, I’m going to put bullets in you’.”
Kieran said he went to bed but was woken by a loud bang at between 2.30am and 3am when Leslie threw a bottle through his window.
He said that at about 3.30am he heard “one clean shot and then, like he was holding the gun in the air, like he was firing shots everywhere”.
He said the police had come round earlier to talk to the people in the house about the broken window.
He said: “The policewoman’s come out of out house and gone round there to the disturbance, to the man that’s threw the bottle through the window and been shot, obviously, hasn’t she?”
Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Dodd said the arrest was made following a call from a member of the public who had spotted a man fitting Leslie’s description.
“Our active inquiries have led us to identify and detain a man in connection with this serious offence,” he said.
“Officers made an arrest at 10.10am on Wood Lane, Leeds, and I can confirm that we have recovered a firearm.
“This followed information provided to us by a member of the public that a man fitting the description had been seen nearby.
“An arrest was made quickly and any potential risk to the public has been removed. We are very grateful to members of the public who rang in with information this morning.
“We appreciate this incident will also have caused concern in the community where it took place and officers will be maintaining a presence in the area to reassure local people that the situation is under control.
“The investigation is still at an early stage and it will take some time to establish the course of events. However, West Yorkshire Police will use all the resources available to us to thoroughly investigate this matter.
“The officer has sustained a very serious injury and her wellbeing is of paramount importance to us. The thoughts of colleagues remain with the officer and her family at this very difficult time.
“It is right to say that incidents where police officers face threat from firearms are thankfully very rare but that does not lessen the shocking impact when an officer is injured in such a way.”
Source : Mirror