Wednesday, October 29, 2008

UK - Man shot dead by London police

Armed police at the scene

Police have shot dead a man in east London. Witnesses said they saw a man with a gun and police from the Metropolitan Police’s armed division CO19 were dispatched to the scene. Reports suggest the shooting followed a domestic incident at a nearby McDonalds, however this is unconfirmed. As well as armed officers dozens of other police units were sent to the scene near Romford, Essex and a police helicopter hovered overhead. He is said to have pointed a firearmat paramedics before police opened fire. The shot man was taken to nearby Queens Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Three weapons were recovered from the scene according to police. A woman is also said to have been injured though it is unclear how she received her injuries. She is not thought to be in a life threatening condition. The Independent Police Complaints Commission have been informed about the incident which occurred at around 13:40 GMT [BBC / Sky News].

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