Friday 24 November 2017

Undercover officer 'shot in the chest' during a raid in East London

Scenes from Haggerston Road in East London where the Met says a police officer was shot Credit: Hazel Baker

David Kearns

A police officer has been rushed to hospital after being shot in Hackney this lunchtime during an operation to tackle London's growing gang problem.

Shots were fired at the Met’s specialist firearms unit as it was executing an operation at 12.45pm in Scriven Street, Hackney, the Metropolitan Police said in a brief statement.

"Officers have detained a man at the scene."

The wounded officer is believed to be in a stable condition and was taken to an east London hospital by helicopter.

His family has been informed, the Met continued.

"Details of his condition will be made available shortly."

Photos from the scene appear to show the officer was shot in his upper body.

The shooting took place on the corner of Scriven Street and Haggerston Road in Hackney in East London.   

Witnesses told of a major police presence in the area at around 1pm.

Residents on Haggerston Road reported that they could hear shoots Credit: Joel Gunter
Residents on Haggerston Road reported that they could hear shoots Credit: Joel Gunter

A 67-year-old resident, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, told the Guardian newspaper he witnessed the armed police operation unfold.

“I was in my living room watching TV when I saw a load of armed officers outside my house,” he said.

“A black man appeared in the window opposite. They ordered him to remain inside but he threw something out the window.

“The next thing I know I see him running over the rooftops. I then heard a loud bang. A single bang coming from Scriven Street.

A significant cordon has been put up around Scriven Court, ScrivenStreet, Clarissa Street and Loanda Close, while several officers and police vehicles remain at the scene.

According to the The Independent, locals described “lots of police officers” and “loads of armed police” swarming the Hackney area shortly after the incident.

Kaner Korbay, who runs nearby dry cleaners Bree-Zee, told the newspaper shooting could be heard after a police raid a nearby home.

“Apparently an undercover police officer was chasing them and one of the guys running away turned around and shot him," he said.

"The local resident, who has lived in the area for 21 years, said he had “never seen anything like this.” 

Kirit Shah, who runs nearby Haggerston Pharmacy, told The Independent: “I just heard a shot and very soon there were lots of police everywhere.

“From what I understand, the shooting happened behind the community centre.”

Speaking to the Evening Standard newspapers, one witness living in the area said: "Lots of police cars rushed from both up and down the A10 at about 12.40, turning east near the canal.

"I was near the old fire station where three medical vehicles parked up, engines running, then shot off after the police cars.

"An air ambulance flew low towards where the action was," he added.

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