NEWS
03/12/2018 11:10 GMT | Updated 03/12/2018 13:34 GMT

London Police Shooting: Man Shot In 'Pre-Planned' Met Raid In Wimbledon

The incident took place in Lacock Close.

A man has been shot during a police operation in Wimbledon, south west London, the Metropolitan Police has said.

The incident occurred at around 8.10am on Monday in Lacock Close during an operation involving officers from the anti-robbery Flying Squad supported by armed colleagues.

The man has been taken to hospital and no information was immediately available on his condition, reports the Press Association.

One resident told local news website GetWestLondon: “Most of the action appeared to be down Lacock Close. Lots of undercover police cars and lots of police with guns around.

“Someone was put into an ambulance with a large bandage wrapped around their arm. Heard police radioing for ambulance, saying that someone had been shot.”

A second man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rob.

A number of roads around the scene, including Haydons Road, have been closed as an investigation is carried out.

Both the Met’s internal Directorate of Professional Standards and watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct have been informed.

The Flying Squad’s main focus is robbery, and it is known for staging dramatic takedowns of armed robbers as they try to flee the scene of a crime.

The Metropolitan Police would not comment on reports that Monday’s shooting took place after a police raid on a house.

It is rare for armed police to actually fire their guns during operations.

In the year to March 2018, there were 12 incidents in which police firearms were discharged out of 18,746 police firearms operations.