Local News & Archive — May 5, 2015 at 4:04 pm — Updated: May 5, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Armed man in Cynwyd siege jailed

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A man who threatened to shoot an air pistol towards police during a siege has been jailed for 14 months.

Ciaran Morris was involved in an eleven-hour stand off with armed officers in Cynwyd near Corwen in March. He barricaded himself into his home at Pyg-y-Bont after a row with his mother and brother had escalated.

The siege led to a local primary school being closed for the day and the main route through the village being closed for several miles in both directions.

During the standoff, Morris repeatedly shouted ”I will shoot you” to armed police from a bedroom window and threatened to jump out of the house. He continued to wave around the air pistol and threw out a bottle and a computer, which damaged the bonnet of a patrol car. The siege finally ended when officers forced their way into the property and arrested him.

Last month, Morris (22) admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and affray towards a police officer. Prosecutors at Mold Crown Court dropped charges of threatening to kill an officer and damaging a patrol car. He will serve concurrent jail terms.

Judge Nic Parry told Morris he had been ”selfish and irrational” and had denied taking cannabis despite his mother noticing a mood change over time. He added that although he was a good worker, he had been responsible for a serious incident which affected the local community and involved major use of police resources.

The prosecution added that the first police officer at the scene, who had the firearm pointed at him, has been on sick leave since the stand off and was receiving counselling.

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