Watchdog investigates police shoot man in Greenwich

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

The Metropolitan Police responded Friday afternoon to multiple 999 reports of a man with a firearm on Creek Road.

Scotland Yard said a police firearm was discharged and the man suffered a gunshot wound.

A spokesman for TBEN Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said: “Today, shortly after 4pm, we were notified by the MPS that a man had suffered a gunshot wound as a result of a police shooting during an incident in Greenwich, South London.

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

Police said the incident had nothing to do with terrorism.

His injuries are not life-threatening and he was taken to hospital after treatment at the scene, police added.

In a statement, the Met said: “While the investigation is still in its early stages, it is not believed that this incident is terror-related or that there is an ongoing threat to the general public.”

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Gemma Daly, 31, from Whitstable but who was staying in Greenwich, said she heard some screaming and then “a big bang” which she believes was a gunshot.

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

(PA media)

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

“Police were on a man on the side of the bridge,” she said, adding that he was “clearly injured”.

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

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

Photos of the scene showed emergency services, including police cars and an ambulance, stopping in the middle of the road.

A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service said they had sent multiple agents, including London Air Ambulance medics, to the scene.

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

The Met said significant deposits remained in place Friday night and urged the public to avoid the area.

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