Dozens of armed swooped on a house in Basildon, arresting two men on suspicion of having a firearm.
The officers were called to a property in Cattawade Link, in Basildon, at about 2pm yesterday.
Witnesses said they were told to stay indoors as the road was blocked off while the drama took place.
After a two-hour stand off, two men were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm.
For the full story and dramatic pictures, see tomorrow's Basildon Echo.