A day-long stand-off between armed police and a lone gunman in central Oxford has “ended peacefully”, police have said.

A man shot at police outside a building in Paradise Square on Monday afternoon and armed officers returned fire on Monday afternoon, before negotiators arrived at the scene and attempted to deescalate the situation.

The suspect finally gave himself up to police at around 03:00 BST in the early hours of Tuesday morning, and has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

One victim is being treated for a non-life threatening injury, South Central Ambulance Service said.

Police were called at 13:15 BST on Monday after reports of gunfire at Paradise Square in central Oxford. Witnesses reported hearing police screaming for the suspect to come out with his “hands up” before around 20 shots exchanged between the suspect and armed officers.

Authorities closed off Paradise Square, and parts of Paradise Street and Norfolk Street as a precaution while negotiations continued. After 14 hours of negotiations, the situation came to a peaceful conclusion and the suspect was arrested without any further shots fired.

The road closures have now been lifted and police have thanked local residents and businesses for their “support and patience” throughout the incident.



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