A TRAINEE accountant was dragged from his partner's house by armed police on Saturday after being caught up in a phantom firearm incident.
George Louca's quiet evening in with his girlfriend came to an abrupt end at 6.15pm, when up to five armed police officers appeared on the doorstep of the flat in Blossom Lane that she occupies.
They were responding to inaccurate reports of a person seen brandishing a firearm in or near the property, which is close to Gordon Hill train station.
Mr Louca, 32, claims that when he opened the door to enquire about the commotion, he found himself staring down several gun barrels and was also threatened with a taser, a powerful electrical device which administers a decapacitating shock.
He said: "My girlfriend ran upstairs screaming. She feared for her life. They told me to put my hands on my head.
"When I asked what the taser was, I was told I should know as I probably own one."
Mr Louca was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm or imitation firearm.
A graduate with no criminal record, he says his protests and questions were ignored by the officers as he was bundled down four flights of stairs and taken to Edmonton police station in front of neighbours.
He said: "Soon after I was put in a cell, a sergeant came in and apologised to me." He was released without being interviewed or charged. He said: "I am still in shock and so is my girlfriend."
Mr Louca has informed the Independent Police Complaints Commission of his experience.
A police spokeswoman said: "Acting in good faith, armed officers attended an address to reports of a male armed with a firearm. He was arrested under Section 16a Firearms act."
Mr Louca said his appearance may have counted against him during the incident, but was philosophical about his wrongful arrest.
He said: "I would not be able to practice as an accountant if I had ended up with a record over this. I guess this shows that appearances can be deceptive."