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Police officer shot during raid a detective with Met's Trident gun crime unit

Published 15/10/2015

A Metropolitan police officer has been taken to hospital after suffering a gunshot wound in Hackney
A Metropolitan police officer has been taken to hospital after suffering a gunshot wound in Hackney

A police officer shot during a raid in east London is a detective with the Metropolitan Police's Trident gun crime unit, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

The detective is described as in a stable condition in hospital, with his family at his bedside, after he was shot in the shoulder at around 12.45pm.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested and a non-police firearm has been recovered, the Met said.

Commander Duncan Ball said he was unable to state for operational reasons whether any shots were fired by police during the incident in a residential corner of Hackney.

But he praised the "tireless" actions of police which he said demonstrated officers' selfless dedication to duty.

He said: "This incident reveals the very real risks our police officers face on a day to day basis while protecting the safety of Londoners."

Police are investigating the circumstances behind the shooting.

Locals said the officer was chasing suspects fleeing the raid when one of them turned around and shot him.

Residents said Clarissa Road in Haggerston was lined with undercover police in cars when "at least two shots" rang out.

Business owner David Salvester, 28, said it was obvious they were on an undercover operation when one plain-clothes officer shouted: "Nick's been shot."

Mr Salvester said: "We were in the house and we heard a bunch of yelling.

"We went outside and there was a bunch of officers in green with their dogs.

"They had helmets and machine guns, I think. That's the point we heard the gun fire.

"They were all scrambling about. It was two shots, I think.

"The whole road was filled with undercover police. They all burst out of their cars (when the shots went off).

"Then there was a woman shouting: 'Nick's been shot, Nick's been shot'.

"She started getting all her first aid stuff out of the car. She was calling out a lot.

"There was obviously some kind of raid."

He said local people began shouting at police to tell them which way the suspect went.

He said: "We grew up in LA so we are more used to gunshots over there, not here."

Kaner Korbay, who owns nearby dry cleaners Bree-Zee, said: "There was a raid on a house in Scriven Street, they tried to get away and the police were chasing them.

"One of them shot the policeman. Right in the middle of the street.

"I heard the noise of the gun, two rounds I think.

"Within 30 seconds the police were everywhere, blocking the road.

"I saw the police officer getting treated with his shirt off.

"I think he was shot on his shoulder, they were covering his shoulder with bandages.

"Within five minutes he was taken to hospital by air ambulance, it landed in Haggerston Park.

"I saw one of the guys in handcuffs next to the wall."

He added: "There were undercover officers and police officers with guns running around everywhere.

"They were armed with machine guns."

The injured officer was taken to an east London hospital by air ambulance where he remains.

The Metropolitan Police said officers from its Specialist Firearms Command (SCO19) and Trident Area Crime Command had been taking part in an "authorised firearms operation" when the shooting happened.

Police are investigating the circumstances behind the shooting.

Steve White, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: "So soon after the tragic death of an officer on Merseyside, this incident once again reminds us of the dangers faced by officers policing in 2015."

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