As first reported by Island Echo, Armed Police descended on the sleepy village of Winford during the early hours of 4th October last year.
It has been revealed that Police were alerted to the situation when Soppitt expressed a desire to kill himself. Speaking with officers via the telephone, he said he had a gun and intended to start shooting.
Armed Police from both sides of the Solent were subsequently deployed and successfully disarmed the 46-year-old when they opened fire with 2 baton rounds. They were able to recover the firearm, which turned out to be a BB gun.
Soppitt’s mental health is said to have declined recently following a series of events. Defending, David Richards said that Soppitt wanted to take his own life.
David Luke Soppitt was sentenced to 32 months in prison when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court today (Tuesday) after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.