Armed police shot a man during an early morning Flying Squad raid as they swooped on suspected robbers in Wimbledon, south west London, while terrified residents cowered in their homes.
One eye witness said the suspect was shot in an exchange of fire with police after a stake-out outside a Sainsbury’s Local store at 8.10am.
A builder told the Evening Standard that an armoured cash delivery van pulled up and: ‘Within two seconds there was an altercation with two armed robbers.
‘One of them ran into a cul-de-sac but when he saw he wasn’t going anywhere he shot back at the police and they shot him. It was anything from seven to 11 shots. We hit the deck.’
Forensics officers are combing the scene in Wimbledon today after armed police shot a man during an early morning raid
A man has been shot by police during a pre-planned operation and officers remain on the scene (pictured) today
Witnesses described seeing a man who was wearing red ‘pointing a pistol’ before hearing ‘a massive bang’.
One shocked local resident said she saw a man ‘charging past with a gun’ and that when police chased after him she decided to stay inside.
She said: ‘I heard a massive bang, then people were saying he was shot and taken to hospital.’
Another witness, who did not want to be named, told GetWestLondon that they heard a loud ‘bang’ at around 8.10am and saw a man, who they ‘weren’t sure was undercover police or not’ wearing red and running with a ‘pistol.’
They added that almost immediately after two undercover cars ‘put on their sirens and pulled a U turn back up Haydons Road.’
A helicopter image shows the aftermath of the scene, where armed police shot a man and another was arrested for conspiracy to rob
A cordon is in place outside The Garden Shed pub in Wimbledon, where forensics officers are pictured gathering evidence today
Police and forensics teams are today investigating at the scene of a shooting in Wimbledon, south-west London
A witness said shots were fired after a stake-out outside the Sainsbury’s Local store on Haydons Road (pictured)
He claimed all the people involved in the apparent chase then went up North Road.
The local resident added that he later saw one of the ‘undercover officers’ who was ‘holding the large gun’ coming back down the road to ‘collect his police cap that he was not wearing.’
A woman who works inside the cordon on Haydons Road said she heard gunshots outside just after getting to work.
She said: ‘We were told to stay inside at about 8.15 this morning.
‘A lot of police turned up, there were vans everywhere and a lot of unmarked cars, with sirens blaring outside.
‘I believe somebody was shot, it was a very distinctive sound – and then a team of armed police came running by the window.’
Haydons Road (pictured) has been closed after the incident that happened at around 8.10am
Aerial images show the scene today which has been cordoned off. Members of the Met’s anti-robbery Flying Squad and firearms officers were involved in the raid
The concerned mother of a young girl who reportedly witnessed the incident said her daughter heard three gun shots.
The man, whose age is not yet known, was shot in Lacock Close, Wimbledon, and a second man has been arrested for conspiracy to rob.
The operation was being conducted by officers from the Met’s anti-robbery Flying Squad and they were assisted by firearms colleagues.
The man has been taken to a London hospital and his condition is not known.
One resident told the local news website: ‘Most of the action appeared to be down Lacock Close. Lots of undercover police cars and lots of police with guns around.
‘Someone was put into an ambulance with a large bandage wrapped around their arm. Heard police radioing for ambulance, saying that someone had been shot.’
A number of roads in the area, including Haydons Road, have been closed and a forensic scene is in place.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct has launched an independent investigation and the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards have also been informed.
Several police cars are at the scene in Wimbledon (pictured) and a witness said they heard a bang at 8.10am before seeing a man running with a ‘pistol’
Map shows Lacock Close and the Sainsbury’s Local on Haydon Road in Wimbledon, south west London, where the drama unfolded
The Flying Squad’s main focus is robbery, and it is known for staging dramatic takedowns of armed robbers as they try to flee the scene of a crime.
The Metropolitan Police would not comment on reports that Monday’s shooting took place after a police raid on a house.
It is rare for armed police to actually fire their guns during operations.
In the year to March 2018, there were 12 incidents in which police firearms were discharged out of 18,746 police firearms operations.
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