A MAN from Malvern is to be sentenced for firearms offences after he was shot by police in Bromsgrove.

Edward Mark Williams, 55, was shot by police in Birmingham Road on November 3, last year after police were called to reports of a man carrying a handgun.

During the incident, shots were fired by firearms officers and he suffered gunshot wounds, being given emergency first aid by officers at the scene before being taken to hospital where he received surgery.

He has since made a full recovery and appeared at Worcester Crown Court on October 18 where he pleaded guilty to escaping lawful custody, two counts of possession of imitation firearms with intent to cause fear or violence and having an imitation firearm with intent to resist arrest.

Detective superintendent Carl Moore from West Mercia Police said: “Thankfully incidents such as this are very rare in West Mercia and I am pleased Williams has been brought to justice for these extremely serious offences and the fear he caused.

“Our specially trained firearms officers are highly skilled and will only ever discharge their weapons as a last resort if it is absolutely necessary and I would like to thank the local community for their understanding and patience displayed while we dealt with this incident.”

Williams is due to be sentenced on December 2 after a pre-sentence report.