Police in Cornwall, UK have arrested an Elvis impersonator wanted in connection with a firearms alert that closed a school in Widegates, Looe. The 60-year-old gardener was detained with two guns at around 9:30pm on Friday.
He was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and was taken to hospital for a medical assessment before being taken into custody at Launceston police station. Police are not seeking anyone else in connection with the investigation.
The manhunt began after armed police were called to a domestic disturbance at the home of Derral Weaver, Higher Widlake Farm at 9:30pm on Thursday, according to Sky News. The following day nearby Trenode Church of England Primary School was closed by the headteacher, as a precaution.
Devon and Cornwall Police tweeted a photo of Mr Weaver, the caption read: “Have you seen this man, Derrel Weaver, 60, #widegates Looe, if you see him please ring 999 and do not approach.”
Another tweet added: “Police are doing everything possible to maintain public safety, but we ask local people to be patient during this time.”
Mr Weaver, whose Google+ page describes himself as a rock ‘n’ roll singer. He also has an interest in motorbikes and is described as a well-known member of the community.
Although this incident passed without anyone being injured it is likely to be seized upon by campaigners against gun ownership in the UK. Britain has some of the strictest gun controls in the world, so that anything more than an air pistol can only be owned by people who are approved by senior police officers.