Watchdog investigates after police shoot man in Greenwich


The police watchdog has launched an investigation after a man was shot by police during a “serious incident” in Greenwich.

The Metropolitan Police responded to 999 reports of a man with a gun in Creek Road Friday afternoon.

Scotland Yard said police opened fire and the man was wounded by bullets.

A spokesman for the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) said: “Today, shortly after 4pm we were informed by MPS that a man has been injured by a gunshot. shot by police during an incident in Greenwich, south London.

“We have started an independent investigation. Our investigators have been dispatched to the scene and (we have initiated) post-incident procedures to begin gathering evidence.”

Police said the incident is not believed to be terrorism-related.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and he was transported to hospital after receiving treatment at the scene, the force added.

In a statement, the Met said: “While the investigation is in its early stages, this incident is not believed to be related to terrorism or that there is an ongoing threat to the broader public. than.”

Gemma Daly, 31, from Whitstable, but in Greenwich, said she heard some screams and then “a loud bang” which she believed was a gunshot.

Police Operations on Creek Road, Greenwich (Christopher OO/PA) (PA Media)

She said she heard police sirens immediately, adding that emergency services then began arriving.

“Police are watching a man on the side of the bridge,” she said, adding that he was “apparently injured.”

“They took off his clothes,” she said, describing how “a lot of people” worked on the man before he was put on a stretcher.

Ms Daly said police “started going around” a silver car, which was still on the bridge.

Photos of the scene showed emergency vehicles, including police cars and ambulances, stopping in the middle of the road.

A spokesman for London Ambulance Service said it had dispatched resources, including paramedics from London’s Air Ambulance, to the scene.

They said: “We treated a man at the scene and made him a priority subject to a major trauma center.”

The Met said vital ropes remained in place as of Friday night and urged the public to avoid the area.

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