Watchdog launches investigation after Metropolitan Police officers shoot armed suspect | UK News

Written by Javed Iqbal

The police watchdog has launched an investigation after an armed suspect was shot by Scotland Yard officers during a “serious incident” in the capital.

That Metropolitan Police were called to multiple reports of a man with a gun in Creek Road, Greenwich, Southeast London just after 2.30pm on Friday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses described hearing a “big bang” as officers confronted the suspect on the side of a bridge.

The man appeared to be “clearly hurt”, according to onlooker Gemma Daly.

“The police were looking after a man on the side of the bridge,” said Daly, 31.

Officers removed his clothes and “many people” were seen working on the man before he was placed on a stretcher, she added.

Police then “started circling” a silver car pictured on the bridge, Ms Daly said.

Emergency services, including medics from the London Air Ambulance, attended the scene.

The man was taken as a priority to a major trauma centre, a London Ambulance Service spokesman said. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

An aerial view of police dealing with the incident
An aerial view of police dealing with the incident

Scotland Yard confirmed that a police weapon was fired and that the man suffered a gunshot wound.

The incident is not believed to be terror-related, a force spokesman said, adding that at this stage there does not appear to be an “ongoing threat to the wider public”.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is now investigating the shooting.

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A spokesman said: “Today (Friday) shortly after

“We have launched an independent investigation.

“Our investigators have been dispatched to the scene and (we have started) post-incident procedures to begin gathering evidence.”

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