WATCH: Gunman fires at crowded pub after being refused entry

By David Cosgrove | Birmingham | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

A gunman fired at a crowded pub after he was turned away for being too drunk, then sparked a police chase before being arrested by armed police.

CCTV shows Lee Embley firing a gun at the Harborne Stores pub

Lee Embley opened fire after becoming angry at door staff who refused him entry into the boozer in Birmingham.

He was escorted away from the entrance, and crystal clear CCTV footage shows how he reached him reaching into his waistband, pulling out a black revolver and firing once into the air as he casually walked away.

The bullet smashed through the window of an upstairs bedroom at the pub, where a family with children sometimes sleep.

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Gunman shoots at Birmingham pub after being turned away for being drunk

Embley, 42, got into his car, parked a few metres away from the Harborne Stores pub, and drove off.

But firearms officers in the area were alerted and quickly spotted it on Lordswood Road.

When they tried to stop Embley, he made off at speeds of up to 80mph on 30mph roads.


Embley has been jailed for eight years

He led police on a chase for nearly three miles before crashing into a ‘no entry’ sign on Alwold Road, Weoley Castle, where he was arrested.

Bodyworn video from officers shows the moment they spotted the Colt .41 double action revolver, made in around 1912, lying on the road next to the car.

It had two bullets in the barrel, and one spent cartridge.


The gun used in the shooting
The gun was recovered by police

Embley told police he had drunk eight cans of strong cider and eight double brandies before the shooting and did not know where he was when he woke up in a police cell.

He pleaded guilty to nine charges following the drama, which unfolded at around 9.05pm on January 13 last year.

At Birmingham Crown Court, he was jailed for eight years for firearms and ammunition offences and another year for dangerous driving.

The ammunition recovered by police

Embley, of no fixed address, was also banned from driving for six years.

Det Con Ian Leech, from the complex crime team, said: “This was a completely reckless shooting which could easily have resulted in the death of an innocent bystander.

“Embley then put further lives at risk by driving while massively over the limit and it is by luck rather than fortune that no one was seriously hurt or killed.

“Thanks to the excellent police work by the two firearms officers who spotted the car and then put their lives on the line by confronting Embley, we have taken another weapon with the potential to kill off the streets.

“Gun crime is a top priority for West Midlands Police, and the sentence handed down shows that anyone who thinks it’s acceptable to carry or use these deadly weapons will face the full force of the law when they are caught.”

David Cosgrove

By David Cosgrove
Chief Reporter - @davidcosgrove_


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