Issued on 5/12/18 at 4:29 p.m.
A 24-year-old man who shot himself in the leg during an incident in Leicester has pleaded guilty to firearms offences.
Keanu Denzil Spencer, of no fixed address, appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (5 December) where he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.
He also admitted to handling stolen goods and two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
Spencer will be sentenced on 19 December.
At around 10.50pm on 22 October, officers acting on information received, attended premises in Equity Road with the intention to locate Spencer who was believed to be in possession of a firearm at the location.
When Spencer saw police arrive at the address he ran towards a white VW Golf parked in Equity Road which had been stolen from an address in Coventry on 19 October.
As he tried to get into the car he discharged his firearm injuring himself in the leg. Officers attempted to detain him but he broke free running off towards Beaconsfield Road where police caught up with him and he was arrested.
A search of the vehicle recovered a quantity of Class A drugs.
He was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment by the ambulance service who had been contacted by police to attend the scene.
Detective Constable Steve Winterton, the investigating officer, said: “Carrying a firearm in a public place is a very serious offence, and the events of that night could have been catastrophic.
“Spencer openly carried a firearm in a residential area without caring about the potential danger his actions could cause to others.
“I am pleased he admitted the offences today and I hope that the outcome serves as a stark warning to anyone intent on committing a similar offence that firearms offences will be investigated thoroughly and those responsible will be dealt with robustly by the justice system.”