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Man found by police still 'critical'

PUBLISHED: 10:53 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:41 12 July 2010

A man yesterday remained in a critical but stable condition in hospital with serious head injuries after armed police surrounded a house in a small Suffolk village.

A man yesterday remained in a critical but stable condition in hospital with serious head injuries after armed police surrounded a house in a small Suffolk village.

Officers sealed off the main village street at Wickham Skeith on Monday afternoon after receiving a report of a man wielding a firearm.

The Suffolk police helicopter hovered over the scene as officers discovered a 46-year-old man with serious head injuries.

He is Paul Gooderham, who formerly lived at the smart, detached house with his wife, Donna.

The couple, who have seven children, two from Mrs Gooderham's first marriage, had been separated and Mr Gooderham had been living with one of his daughters in Stradbroke. The youngest of the children is seven.

Mr Gooderham, a lorry driver, was taken to Ipswich Hospital by air ambulance with what police described as life-threatening injuries.

Nearby residents said they had been shocked and alarmed by the arrival of armed police and the road being sealed off.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said the couple had lived in the village for many years and had carefully looked after their home and garden and their large family.

“There were an awful lot of police there and some of them had guns. I'm glad the incident is all over - it was a bad job. You wouldn't want this sort of thing to happen to anybody,” he said.

Residents were advised by police to keep inside their properties while the incident was dealt with. The road was sealed off for about 90 minutes and traffic diverted.

A Suffolk police spokesman said: “We were called at 2.20pm following concern for the safety of a man at a property there who was armed.

“Police attended and discovered a 46-year-old male with serious head injuries. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital where the injuries are considered life-threatening. A female was safely escorted out of the property.”

Police said a 46-year-old man from Wickham Skeith had been arrested under the Firearms Act. Officers are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

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