Met Police open fire and shoot man ‘carrying a gun’ before evacuating roads in south-east London
- Officers responded to reports of man with firearm in Creek Road, Greenwich
- Man was shot by police during the incident and has been taken to hospital
- Police say they do not believe the incident is terror related
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The police have shot a man believed to be carrying a gun before evacuating roads in south-east London.
Officers responded to multiple 999 reports of a man with a firearm in Creek Road, Greenwich, at just after 2.30pm on Friday.
The Metropolitan Police said: ‘Firearms officers attended the scene. The man was located. A police firearm was discharged and the man sustained a gunshot injury.
Gemma Daly, 31, from Whitstable, but staying in Greenwich, said she heard some shouting and then ‘a big bang’ which she believes was a gunshot.
She said she heard police sirens straight away, adding that the emergency services then started arriving.
Officers responded to multiple 999 reports of a man with a firearm in Creek Road, Greenwich, at just after 2.30pm today. Pictured: Officers at the scene
The Metropolitan Police said: ‘Firearms officers attended the scene. The man was located. A police firearm was discharged and the man sustained a gunshot injury’
‘Police were attending to a man on the side of the bridge,’ she said, adding that he was ‘clearly injured’.
‘They removed his clothing’, she said, describing how ‘a lot of people’ were working on the man before he was put on a stretcher.
Ms Daly said police ‘started to go around’ a silver car, which was still on the bridge.
Pictures of the scene showed emergency vehicles, including police cars and an ambulance, stopped in the middle of the road.
Greenwich MPS tweeted: ‘We are responding to a serious incident in Greenwich. Armed officers are on the scene. We will provide further updates when we can.’
A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: ‘We sent a number of resources including an ambulance crew, an advanced paramedic, a motorcycle paramedic, a medic in a fast response car and an incident response officer, and we also dispatched medics from London’s Air Ambulance.
The spokesman added: ‘London Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance also attended. He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital. We await an update on his condition’
‘We treated a man at the scene and took him as a priority to a major trauma centre.’
A spokesperson for London’s Air Ambulance said: ‘Our advanced trauma team was dispatched via aircraft by London Ambulance Service at 1447 today to reports of a shooting in the Greenwich area.
‘After treatment on scene the patient was transferred by road to a major trauma hospital accompanied by London’s Air Ambulance.’
The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed.
Police say they do not believe the incident is terror related or that there is an ongoing threat to the wider public.
Pictured: Police and paramedics on the scene