Suspect was gunned down by TWO officers during raid in leafy suburb
Suspect who was gunned down by police during Flying Squad raid in leafy London suburb was shot at by TWO officers, investigators reveal
- Two police officers fired their weapons in a ‘pre-planned’ raid in Wimbledon
- A 23-year-old man was shot by officers from the Met’s Flying Squad at 8.10am
- The IOPC said the raid was linked to a probe into ‘cash in transit van robberies’
Two armed officers discharged their weapons during a ‘pre-planned’ operation in which a robbery suspect was gunned down.
The police watchdog confirmed that two officers fired one bullet each during the incident in Wimbledon, south west London, on Monday morning.
A 23-year-old man was shot by the Met’s Flying Squad who swooped outside a Sainsbury’s Local at 8.10am.
The Met referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which said it spent much of Monday ‘overseeing the collection of forensic evidence’.
Forensics officers combed the scene in Wimbledon on Monday after armed police shot a man during an early morning raid
Two officers fired one shot each during the incident in Wimbledon, south west London (pictured: The scene in Haydons Road on Monday)
The IOPC confirmed two police officers each fired their guns once and the raid was linked to a probe into ‘cash in transit van robberies’.
The 23-year-old man who was shot remains in hospital, where he has been quizzed to by the IOPC.
He was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rob, the Met said. Another 23-year-old man was also arrested at the scene.
Jonathan Green, IOPC regional director, said: ‘My thoughts go to all those affected by this incident, including witnesses who found themselves at the centre of an unfolding police incident while going about their normal daily routine.
A helicopter image shows the aftermath of the scene, where armed police shot a man
Police and forensics teams investigated the scene of a shooting in Wimbledon, south-west London
‘Our team of investigators were at the scene, the post incident procedure and at the hospital yesterday overseeing the collection of forensic evidence ensuring enquiries are carried out thoroughly and independently.
‘The forensic search resumed today and we are grateful to the local community for their patience as this painstaking and vital work continues.
‘We have met with the man and we will keep him informed as our investigation progresses.’
The IOPC said the shooting happened during a ‘pre-planned’ police operation by the Met’s Serious Crime Directorate.
A statement added: ‘So far a knife and a crowbar have been recovered from the scene and the forensic search of the area resumed today.
‘We have verified that two Met Police firearms officers each discharged their weapon once.
A 23-year-old man was shot by officers from the Met’s Flying Squad who swooped outside a Sainsbury’s Local
Haydons Road (pictured) was closed after the incident which happened at around 8.10am on Monday
‘The man was taken to hospital, his injuries are not believed to be serious.’
The operation was being conducted by officers from the Met’s anti-robbery Flying Squad and they were assisted by firearms colleagues.
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.
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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