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Investigation continues following police shooting in Wimbledon

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a 23-year-old man in Wimbledon on 3rd December 2018.

Our investigators were at the scene around Lacock Close all day overseeing the collection of forensic evidence following the incident which happened shortly after 8am.

We began our independent investigation after the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) made a referral to us as is normal for all incidents involving police shootings.

We understand that the shooting occurred during a pre-planned operation carried out by officers from the MPS’ Serious Crime Directorate, assisted by firearms officers, into suspected cash in transit van robberies. So far a knife and a crowbar have been recovered from the scene and the forensic search of the area resumed today. We have verified that two MPS firearms officers each discharged their weapon once. The man was taken to hospital, his injuries are not believed to be serious.

IOPC Regional Director Jonathan Green said:

“My thoughts go to all those affected by this incident including witnesses who found themselves at the centre of an unfolding police incident while going about their normal daily routine.

“Our team of investigators were at the scene, the post incident procedure and at the hospital overseeing the collection of forensic evidence ensuring enquiries are carried out thoroughly and independently.

“The forensic search resumed and we are grateful to the local community for their patience as this painstaking and vital work continues.

“We have met with the man and we will keep him informed as our investigation progresses.”

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