Specialist negotiators have been called in as gunman remains locked in Earlsdon house with his 8-year-old son

Specialized negotiators continue to try to get an armed man out of his Earlsdon home as a three-day standoff continues.

West Midlands Police have confirmed that efforts to bring the siege to a successful conclusion – for both the father and his eight-year-old son – continue this afternoon.

In what is today’s first update from the West Midlands Police, it has been revealed that negotiations between specialist officers and the man, who is said to be armed, are continuing.

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Until the situation is safely resolved, armed officers who have been outside the address for 72 hours will remain there, according to the force.

This means that the lives of those who live nearby, as well as businesses and Earlsdon Primary School, will continue to be affected.

Chief Superintendent Pete Henrick, Commander of Coventry, said: ‘We apologize for the continued disruption to everyone in the cordon surrounding Earlsdon Avenue North, but our priority remains the safety of those involved.

“Your patience is appreciated and we will continue to update you as the situation evolves. “

Support

West Midlands Police said in the statement officers continued to visit every address inside the outer cordon to brief residents and offer support and reassurance, as well as to answer any questions.

He says those living in the cordoned off area have been told how to contact the police to leave or access their homes.

The library at the junction of Earlsdon Avenue North and Albany Road remains open and officers remain there to provide support to residents.

Earlsdon Primary School has been ordered to close for the second day in a row as negotiations continue.

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