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Barnsley Man Jailed After Siege

Tuesday November 26 2013

A MAN who shot at police in a three-hour armed siege in Barnsley has been jailed for over four years.

James Wright peppered armed police officers with airgun pellets in a ‘suicide by cop’ bid, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

The 21-year-old climbed on a garage roof and kept reloading and firing a Chinese-made imitation gun at officers carrying riot shields for protection below.

Although the pellets bounced off their shields, he injured two officers.

He said: "I have got one shot. It’s for me or the first copper that steps on this roof."

Wright then pulled out a lock knife and threatened to harm himself or stab any police dogs that came near before he appeared to surrender.

But suddenly he began firing again and it took a trained negotiator to get him to come down.

Carl Fitch, prosecuting, said when arrested Wright said he intended for the police to shoot and kill him.

The drama unfolded on Cutty Lane where Wright was living with his mother and her partner.

He was being electronically monitored and got so high on drink and drugs he stayed out beyond his curfew and feared he might lose any chance of seeing his young son, the court heard.

He smashed the monitoring equipment and threatened to kill his mother who slipped out of the house with her partner and called the police.

When an officer arrived at the scene, Wright aimed his gun at his chest, causing him to retreat for safety.

The gunman, who has previous convictions for possessing a knife in a public place and assaulting police officers, was jailed for four years and eight months by Judge Julian Goose.

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Reply Posted by sally on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 11:28
Its not fair to his parents. Again another case of a young man with drug problems. GET rid of the drugs from the streets, treat them all for addiction. And teach them well. If there are no drugs, then maybe we can stand a chance to help them find a good way of life. Am sure there is something they can do.

Reply Posted by kfc on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 14:11
As previously said build a purpose built rehabilitation/ Prison on Saddleworth Moor. When the Smack Rats thieves and burglars learn and adapt to society then they can return. It could be run by ex army Personal keep them in a job and clear the streets of filth

Reply Posted by LOL on Thursday November 28 2013 at 08:47

Reply Posted by lauren on Thursday November 28 2013 at 13:16
Hmmm that young man need a good slap round face to gi his head a flamin shake what a Muppet . First of all if he loved his little boy that much one why is he drinking to an assesive amount n taking that much drugs it's obvious that his mind as been separated from reality n secondly what his son goin to think when he finds out he threatened the life of his grandma n thirdly will his son really want any thing to do with him after all he's done plus if the child's mother got any sense she'll not let her son av owt to do wi the father

Reply Posted by me on Thursday November 28 2013 at 23:12
Jesus christ kfc im fed up of readin about saddleworth moor is that the only prison you know