19/02/2012 09:15 GMT | Updated 20/04/2012 06:12 BST

Police Shoot Man In South London

A man has been shot by police in south London.

Armed officers were sent to the scene in Elsinore Road, Forest Hill, after the man threatened local police with "a large bladed weapon".

Scotland Yard said he is in a "critical but stable" condition in hospital.

At around 5.40am this morning police were called to reports by members of the public of a man attempting to break into a car in Elsinore Road, the Metropolitan Police said.

A spokesman said: "Local officers attended and attempted to approach the man who then threatened them with a large bladed weapon.

"The officers retreated and called for further units to assist including firearms officers.

"The man then approached officers on Stanstead Road threatening them with the weapon."

The firearms officers deployed both Tasers and firearms and the man received gunshot wounds.

"London Ambulance Service attended and took the man to a south London hospital. He is critical but stable," the Scotland Yard spokesman added.

"We can confirm a number of knives have been recovered from the scene."

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation.

A spokesman said the man in his early 20s, originally from Ghana but now of Forest Hill, was being treated at Kings College Hospital in the capital.

"The IPCC have deployed its on-call team and has decided this incident should be investigated independently," the spokesman said.

IPCC Commissioner Mike Franklin added: "This young man is receiving medical attention and his condition is described as critical.

"His family have been informed and have been taken to the hospital by the police so that they can be close to him.

"The IPCC investigation will be carried out by our own investigators and will look at the circumstances leading up to this shooting."