Armed police officer ‘unintentionally’ shoot suspect after receiving a phone call that a woman was being held hostage in south-east London pub
- Man shot during arrest of six men for allegedly holding a woman captive
- Armed police called to Blackheath Hill after 999 caller raised alarm before 4am
- Forensic officers were at the scene carrying out investigations this morning
An armed police officer ‘unintentionally’ shot a suspect while responding to a report that a woman was being held captive in a pub yesterday.
A woman rang police at around 4am, saying another female was being held by armed men in The Anchor, in Lewisham, South-East London. Officers stopped a car near Blackheath that had driven from the pub.
‘During the vehicle stop, a police firearm was unintentionally discharged,’ a Scotland Yard statement said.
Armed police shot a man as they arrested a group of allegedly holding a woman captive, Scotland Yard has said
Forensic officers carry out investigations after police shot a man during an arrest last night
They arrested the wounded man, believed to be in his 20s, whose injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. He was being treated in hospital.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it had launched an inquiry into the incident.
Scotland Yard said six other men were arrested – one in the car and five in the pub.
No woman was found during a search of the pub.
Detective Chief Inspector James Stanyer said: ‘It is vital that we hear again from the original caller in this case.’
The man, believed to be in his 20s, was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound after an officer opened fire near Blackheath, south-east London, in the early hours of Saturday, police said.
Armed police shot a man as they arrested a group of allegedly holding a woman captive, Scotland Yard has said.
He was arrested along with a further six men. Five were detained on suspicion of false imprisonment and one for possession of an offensive weapon.
Police were not immediately able to say why the shot man was arrested.
Shortly before 4am, armed officers responded to a report of concern for the welfare of a woman in a property in Lewisham Road and a man being witnessed with a gun, the Metropolitan Police said.
Officers stopped a car near Lewisham Road’s junction with Blackheath Hill, on the border of the borough of Greenwich, when an officer opened fire, the force said.
The wounded man’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct and the Directorate of Professional Standards have been informed as inquiries continue, the force said.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: ‘Police were called at approximately 03:55hrs on Saturday, 9 February to reports of a male seen in possession of a firearm in the vicinity of Lewisham Road, SE13.
The caller also raised concerns for the welfare of a woman at an address in Lewisham Road.
‘Officers, including armed officers, attended the scene and stopped a vehicle near to the junction with Blackheath Hill. A police firearm was discharged.
‘One man, believed aged in his 20s, was taken to a south hospital suffering a gunshot injury. His condition is not life-threatening. He has been arrested.
‘A further six males have been arrested; five for false imprisonment and one for possession of an offensive weapon.
‘Enquiries into the circumstances remain ongoing.’
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