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Suspected robber shot in throat

A suspected armed robber has been shot in the throat during a police sting operation outside a high street store.

An officer from the Met's Flying Squad fired a shot during the operation outside Boots in Eltham, south east London, at 7am on Monday.

The shooting took place when a police armed response vehicle approached a car carrying three men in a pre-planned raid.

Witnesses said police were in a large, black unmarked saloon car and the suspects were in a small white vehicle.

Five men, including the man who was shot and suffered a non-life threatening injury, have been arrested.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an inquiry into the shooting.

Officials have begun work to collect CCTV, trace witnesses and examine police logs recording before and during the incident.

Mike Franklin, of the IPCC said: "We will be examining the reason why the police officer discharged his firearm to consider whether he was justified in doing so."

A Met spokesman said: "During the operation a police firearm was discharged and a man received a gunshot wound. He has been taken to hospital where his condition is not believed to be life threatening.

"That man, along with four others, has been arrested. The Directorate of Professional Standards and the IPCC have been informed."


From Belfast Telegraph