Armed police, assisted by a force helicopter, raced to Twyford last night (Sunday) hunting a man who had made threats to kill with a knife.
Residents were told by officers to stay inside and lock their doors before a 22-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.
He remains in police custody.
A villager, who declined to be named, said: “It was a bit of a shock to see all these police officers in the village.
“There were five police cars and a police helicopter was hovering for about 20 minutes.
“People were phoning each other passing on what the police had told them, that we should keep our doors locked and stay indoors.”
Melton borough councillor Lee Higgins, who lives in the village, praised the response of the police in acting quickly and efficiently.
He said: “When you see armed police officers, dog units and a police helicopter arriving you realise it is a serious incident - I can’t praise them highly enough for keeping everyone safe.
“We were asked to stay indoors and I rang my elderly grandfather, who is in his 80s, and who lives in King Street, and others who I know, to make sure they had their doors locked.”
A spokesperson for Leicestershire police said: “Police were called to the King Street area of Twyford just before 7pm yesterday evening (Sunday) after they received a report of a man with a knife.
“In the interests of officer and public safety the armed response team were deployed to the incident.
“The National Police Air Support unit was also called to assist officers on the ground.
“No one was injured during the incident and enquiries are ongoing.”