ARMED police were threatened by a "gun-wielding" man who racially abused another man while threatening him with a hammer in Rotherham town centre last night (Wednesday).
The 29-year-old suspect was arrested at the scene on suspicion of a racially-aggravated public order offence and possession of a firearm with intent to cause harm.
He remained in police custody this morning.
Police confirmed officers had been called to Ship Hill, Rotherham, at around 7.15pm to reports that a man was racially abusing another man and threatening him with a hammer.
“The suspect threatened police with what was believed to be a firearm,” a police spokeswoman said.
The firearm was later found to be an air pistol.
“No-one was injured in the incident,” the spokeswoman added.