A person has been shot by police investigating stories of an armed theft in Wiltshire. 

The person, who’s in his 50s, was shot within the leg by officers who had been known as to Rivermead Industrial Property in Westlea simply after 5pm on Tuesday.

He’s believed to have been armed with a handgun and had allegedly stolen a lorry, Wiltshire Police stated.

The incident has been referred to the IOPC

Witnesses stated officers had repeatedly requested the person to place his weapon down.

Armed officers had stopped the lorry within the Ridge Inexperienced space when the taking pictures occurred.

The injured man was airlifted to hospital and his accidents will not be considered life-threatening.

The incident has been referred to the Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC), as is customary when a firearm is discharged by police.

Superintendent Phil Staynings stated: “I wish to reassure the neighborhood that this incident was handled swiftly. No person else was injured and the incident is now contained.

“Nonetheless, individuals residing within the space could have seen a heavy police presence, which is able to proceed all through the night.”

Forensic officers are at the scene
Forensic officers are on the scene

A spokesperson for the IOPC stated investigators have been despatched to the scene.

Native resident Corey Battacchio, 17, stated he heard a “loud bang” from his bed room however initially thought it was a firework as “nothing like that ever occurs round right here”.

“At round 5:30pm, I heard quite a few police sirens and three circulating helicopters, [one landed] so I went outdoors,” he stated.

Mr Battachio stated the person was stopped by police in an unmarked car.

“He was shouted at many occasions by police to ‘put the gun down’ and subsequently was shot… I used to be watching it from the window upstairs, however they had been shouting loud on the man because it appeared like he did not put the gun down instantly.”

{The teenager} stated officers had been shouting “put the gun down” for not than 30 seconds.

The street has been shut off and forensic officers are on the scene.





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