Police have revealed details of the armed manhunt which shocked residents in Gledholt and Paddock on Sunday afternoon.

A police spokesman said: “Armed officers were deployed to an address on Larch Road, Huddersfield, at 2.55pm on Sunday following intelligence that a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting on Springfield Avenue earlier this month was at the property.”

The incident he was referring to occurred in Springwood last Tuesday evening when a man was shot in the head while sitting in a white Audi A3.

The man was rushed to hospital and had emergency surgery to his head and neck. He remains in a critical condition. A man has since appeared in court charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

A search of the Larch Road property did not locate the suspect.

However, officers did arrest a 29-year-old man at the property property on suspicion of motor vehicle theft.

He has since been released on police bail.

This is something of an anti-climax following the dramatic events which unfolded on Sunday afternoon.

Roads in Gledholt were sealed off after police chased a car into Quarry Road, where it crashed into a fence at Elm court flats.

Several armed officers were reported in Clifton Road, Grasscroft Road and Eldon Road. Shocked residents watched as handlers with police dogs climbed through gardens and searched alleyways.

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The armed presence remained until about 5pm on Sunday and at least 10 police officers and four vehicles were involved.

Inspector Mohammed Rauf, who leads the Huddersfield North Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I understand the deployment of armed officers into a community can be unsettling for local residents, but I would reassure people that we only do this when we believe it is necessary to protect members of the public.

“As we’ve said previously, the shooting of a 31-year-old man on Springfield Avenue is being treated as a targeted incident and we do not believe there is any wider risk to local people.

“We work hard to ensure that incidents involving firearms remain rare in both Kirklees and across West Yorkshire. Over the last two years we have reduced firearm discharges across Kirklees by 31% to 20 offences.

“We continue to be grateful for the continued support and patience shown by local residents while we continue to progress our investigation.”

Update 30/06/14: Charges dropped against brothers accused of shooting man in head in Springwood

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