Police standoff with ‘armed’ man locked in house with eight-year-old son enters third day

Talks continue in day three with a man who has his eight-year-old son inside a house cordoned off by armed police in Coventry

The standoff involving specially trained officers in the town’s Earlsdon area began after concern over welfare checks by West Midlands Police officers at the address at 12:20 a.m. on Sunday.

The 41-year-old is “considered armed”, police said.

The force said in a statement issued around midnight Tuesday: “Our priority is the safety of those involved, including residents who live within the cordon perimeter.”

Armed policemen outside a property in Earlsdon Avenue North, Coventry (Jacob King / PA) (PA wire)

Armed officers were photographed inside the cordon throughout Monday, which centers on an address in Earlsdon Avenue North.

Chief Superintendent Pete Henrick, Coventry Police Commander, said: “We understand that this situation is of deep concern to some local residents and we want to reassure them that we are doing all we can to bring it to a successful conclusion.

“I ask that people be indulgent with us because specialized officers remain on the spot. “

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