Drunken gunman jailed for firing at Birmingham bar

Lee Embley was turned away at the door by staff at the Birmingham bar and casually pulled out a revolver and fired as he left.

A gunman opened fire at a pub just moments after he was turned away by door staff for being drunk.

Lee Embley – who told police he had downed eight cans of strong cider and eight double brandies before trying to gain entry – shot into the air outside the crowded pub in Birmingham.

He then fled the scene before being dramatically arrested at gunpoint, the Birmingham Mail reports.

He was escorted away from the entrance, and crystal clear CCTV footage released today shows how he reached into his waistband, pulled out a black revolver and fired once into the air as he casually walked away.

Embley told police he had drunk eight cans of strong cider and sixteen measures of brandy before the shooting, which began at about 21:05 on 13 January.

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

He pleaded guilty to nine charges and was sentenced to eight years for firearms and ammunition offences and another year for dangerous driving.

Embley, 42, got into his car, parked a few metres away on Station Road, and drove off.

“Thanks to the excellent police work by the two firearms officers we have taken another weapon with the potential to kill off the streets.”

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.

The offender, of no fixed address, was jailed on Monday at Birmingham Crown Court and also handed a six-year driving ban.

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.

He was escorted away, but returned with a black revolver, firing a shot through the window of an upstairs bedroom.

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

West Midlands Police firearms officers spotted him in nearby Lordswood Road, driving at speeds of up to 80mph.

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.

The court heard how he opened fire after becoming angry at door staff who refused him entry to the bar.

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

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

Embley, who told police he had drunk eight cans of strong cider and sixteen measures of brandy before the shooting, pleaded guilty to nine charges following the offences, which began at around 9.05pm on January 13.

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

DC 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.

“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.

He was escorted away from the entrance of the Harborne Stores but returned with a black revolver, before firing a shot through the window of an upstairs bedroom.

“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.”

The 42-year-old was spotted by firearms officers in nearby Lordswood Road, before making off for around three miles at speeds of up to 80mph.

Last year, the force seized more than 140 firearms linked to crime in the West Midlands.

Anyone with information on firearms can ring the force on 101, or Crimestoppers in complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.

A drunk man decided to shoot into a crowded pub after bouncers told him he was not allowed in.

Lee Embley opened fire in the direction of the bar in Birmingham after he was refused entry.

A shocking video showed Lee Embley, 42, firing his Colt.41 double action revolver at Harborne Stores pub on the High Street in Birmingham, at 9.05pm on January 23.

The bullet ended up in an upstairs bedroom where a family with children sometimes slept, but on this occasion no-one was hurt.

Embley then led officers on a high speed car chase, with him hitting 80mph, after they tried to stop his car.

He eventually crashed on Alwold Road, Weoley Castle, and was detained by armed police officers.

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A policeman can be seen pointing a gun at him in the CCTV footage and shouting: ‘Out! police, open the door, open the door, hands in the air, hands in the air. Down on the floor.’

He later told police he had drunk eight cans of strong cider and eight double brandies before firing his weapon.

Embley, of no fixed address, admitted nine charges for firearms and ammunition offences as well as dangerous driving and was jailed for a total of nine years at Birmingham Crown Court.

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Detective Constable Ian Leech, of West Midlands Police, 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.’

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