Guilty: Lincoln gunman who threatened to kill in armed siege
A man involved in a four-hour armed siege has admitted possessing a gun, false imprisonment and making a threat to kill.
Gavin Crane, 27, sparked a major police response after officers were called to Shannon Avenue in Lincoln on June 26. Crane confronted the officers when they arrived and he was holding a gun.
The weapon had the appearance of a Colt 45, but was later found to be a BB gun.
Police called in an armed response unit and the area was sealed off with nearby residents evacuated from their homes.
People from across the city turned up to see what was going on after hearing about the incident through social network sites.
Around 20 police officers were deployed in total and the streets were filled with police vans.
Members of the police’s armed response unit positioned themselves as snipers in nearby residents’ homes.
No shots were fired and no one was hurt in the incident, which came to a peaceful conclusion at around 11.20pm.
Crane, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at Lincoln Crown Court.
He also admitted charges of false imprisonment and making a threat to kill arising out of the same incident.
Judge Sean Morris remanded him in custody and adjourned sentence until December for psychiatric and probation reports to be prepared.
The judge told Crane: “You have done the right thing.
“It would have been foolish of you to try and contest these matters.”
A number of residents on the evening told the Echo that they were planning to move away from the street because they were concerned of “repeated problems’ in that area of the city.