Jail for Daventry man who wanted to be shot

An armed siege in a Daventry street was sparked by a man attempting to get shot by firearms offices in a ‘suicide mission’ a court was told.

Matthew Anderson, 34, of The Medway, on Daventry’s Grange estate, appeared at Northampton Crown Court this week after the incident on December 1 last year when he threatened police with a paintball rifle and pistol.

The court heard officers were dispatched to an address in Ashby Road, Daventry, after Anderson’s partner rang 999 and said he wanted to die by “making police shoot him”.

Mary Loram, prosecuting, said officers attended the premises and found Anderson to be in possession of what they believed was a large machine gun and pistol.

She said: “The officers were not entirely convinced that the weapons were replicas and reacted accordingly.”

Ms Loram said the officers took shelter behind a garden wall and heard Anderson loading and unloading his guns.

He was arrested after admitting they were paintball guns.

After pleading guilty to being in possession of imitation firearms, Anderson was sentenced to 10 months in prison. He was also sentenced to a further six concurrent months in prison after he pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children and extreme pornography.

Recorder Rachel Brand QC said officers “must have been terrified” and said prison was the “only appropriate way” to deal with Anderson.