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Man shot by police after seven-hour London siege

A man has been shot and seriously injured by police after a seven-hour siege.

The incident began when officers escorted a housing official to a residential address in Tilson Gardens, Brixton, south London as part of a pre-planned eviction, Scotland Yard said.

At 9.45am, unarmed officers tried to enter the property. As they were doing so, a man was seen emerging from one of the rooms.

Officers withdrew and a police negotiator, London Ambulance Service (LAS) and firearms officers were called to the scene.

At about 4.45pm the man was shot by police outside the premises.

The man was treated at the scene by ambulance staff and taken to a south London hospital suffering serious injuries.

A Yard spokesman said that, as in any shooting, officers from the Metropolitan Police's directorate of professional standards had been informed, and the incident had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which has started an independent investigation.

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