Neighbours speak of shock over OAP death

NEIGHBOURS today told of a dramatic armed police siege, which came to a tragic end when a pensioner died from gunshot wounds.An investigation is currently under way after the body of an elderly man was discovered more than three hours after the siege began in quiet Stowmarket road.

NEIGHBOURS today told of a dramatic armed police siege, which came to a tragic end when a pensioner died from gunshot wounds.

An investigation is currently under way after the body of an elderly man was discovered more than three hours after the siege began in quiet Stowmarket road.

Armed officers were called to a detached two-storey house in Thackeray Grove around 5pm yesterday after residents reported that an OAP was threatening to harm himself.

A neighbour said today: "I got a full view of it from my bedroom window. There were police units dotted across the road. There were officers standing below my window with guns. There were dog units and police cars were stopping traffic.

"We thought someone was going to come bursting through our front door.

"It was very strange. It was like something you see in the films. We thought it was a drugs' siege.

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"Nobody told us what was going on which was very scary. We daren't even let the cats out.

"We then saw the paramedics come out of the house and we thought someone must be dead. Police just said everything was under control."

The woman said the dead man is believed to have lived alone. It is thought he had only been at the house for a matter of months.

During last night's stand-off, the cul-de-sac off Chilton Road was cordoned off and residents were told to remain in their homes as trained negotiators tried to make contact with the man. He is believed to have been armed with a shotgun.

Residents watched as an ambulance and police dog units were also drafted in before officers eventually entered the house around 8.30pm.

When they went it the man's body was discovered on the floor.

A post mortem examination will be carried out, but Suffolk police said it appeared that the man had died as a result of a gunshot wound.

A spokesman for the force added the pensioner's death was not being treated as suspicious.

Two other residents on the newly-built estate also spoke of their shock this morning.

Pamela Firman, of The Becketts said: "I'm horrified. You don't expect this around here."

Her husband Neil said: "We are very surprised. I came out with the dogs at about 9pm. There were police cars and an ambulance outside the house. It looked as if there was some activity in the house, which was an ex-show home."

Today the front door of the pensioner's house was boarded up, a 4x4 remained parked in the drive and police had left the scene.