Cleveland Police armed response officers were deployed to a firearms incident outside Middlesbrough Job Centre on Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Police recovered an imitation handgun after it was pointed at officers, Armed officers fired a baton round (rubber bullet) and he was detained by the police dog.
The challenging situation was dealt with quickly and professionally by officers without the need to use lethal force.
They attended At around 4.30am this morning, Sunday 7th August, police were informed by a member of the public that a man had been seen possibly in possession of a firearm on Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.
Police traced the man, who pointed the firearm at himself and at police officers at the scene.
Officers discharged a baton round which meant that they could detain the man safely and he was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
The 21-year-old man is currently in police custody. He received hospital treatment for bruising as well as a bite injury to his shoulder which occurred when a police dog was deployed during the incident.
The weapon was recovered and was found to be an imitation handgun.
No one else was involved in the incident and police will continue to carry out enquiries regarding this incident today.