UPDATED: Police officer injured in Elland shooting - man appears in court

Police in Westbury Street in Elland on Sunday
Police in Westbury Street in Elland on Sunday

A POLICE officer was hurt after a shooting in Elland yesterday.

Police were called to Westbury Street at 9am yesterday to reports of an assault involving an air rifle.

The officer was understood to have suffered minor injuries and was back on duty today.

A passer-by said there were seven police vehicles at the scene

“I heard a load of shouting so I looked out of the window and saw two police officers wrestling this lad to the ground with his shirt off,” she said.

“Then the police cars and vans turned up. Within an hour there was a forensic van putting evidence markers on the floor and taking photos.”

She also said there were men in suits and masks bringing things out from a building and a video van was parked outside for several hours.

A man appeared in court today charged with possessing a firearm in connection with the incident.

Samuel Templeman, 22, was arrested outside his home in Westbury Street, Elland, after allegedly firing pellets which struck the officer.

Police had been called after a neighbour also reported being shot by the man.

Templeman appeared before magistrates and spoke only to confirm his name.

He was charged with possessing a fire arm, two counts of assault and two counts of resisting an officer.

He was remanded in custody and was committed to crown court, where he will next appear on April 24.