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Man shot by police in east London

2013-08-21 00:12:26


Police shot the man on Hale End Road, in Walthamstow, shortly after 20:15 BST

A man has been taken to hospital after being shot by police in east London.

Officers were called to Hale End Road, in Walthamstow, shortly after 20:15 BST following reports of a man seen in possession of a handgun.

Armed officers attended and shots were fired at the man, the Metropolitan Police said.

Officers at the scene gave the man first aid for gunshot wounds before London Ambulance Service took him to hospital.

'Get back inside'

Michelle Handley, 43, whose home overlooks the shooting scene, said: "My children were upstairs in the loft. They heard shots and looked out of the window.

"They ran downstairs and said 'Mum, there's a man lying at the bus stop covered in blood. We think he's dead.'"

"I went outside but the police shouted to me to get back inside the house so we weren't allowed to look.

"They wouldn't let anyone near until the casualty was in the ambulance."

Police said the man's details were unknown.

A spokesman said the force's directorate of professional standards had been informed and the Independent Police Complaints Commission would also be notified.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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