Police marksmen were called to an address in Minsmere Road, East Keynsham last evening and a resident was shot in the leg and disarmed after threatening them with a shotgun. A spokesman has confirmed that police were originally called to a domestic incident shortly after 6pm on Tuesday 7th May. The man was taken to Frenchay Hospital with a leg injury. His condition is not known this morning. Police remained at the scene of the incident which was sealed off.
Police statement issued at 1200 on Wednesday 8th May
Chief Superintendent Geoff Spicer who is the District Commander for Banes said: “Last night we were called to an address in Minsmere Road shortly after 6pm.This followed reports of a domestic incident involving a firearm. As a result a man was injured and remains in hospital in a stable condition. The man in his 40’s has been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences. Whilst I cannot talk in detail about this incident, I would like to take this opportunity to reassure residents and our wider communities that this was an isolated incident – extremely rare in Avon and Somerset – but specifically in a community like Keynsham. Our firearms officers undergo specialist training to deal with incidents involving firearms. Last night was an example where we responded quickly to keep the wider public safe. This matter has been referred to our Professional Standards Department and the Independent Police Complaints Commission who will investigate. I’d like to thank residents for the patience and support during this time.”