Police shoot man after planned raid on house
AN investigation has been launched after armed police shot and injured a man while carrying out a dawn raid on an Edgbaston house.
The man in his thirties was shot by armed police as officers raided a house in a 5am swoop.
He was rushed to hospital as police smashed their way into a house in Shepherds Gardens off Bishopsgate Street, near Five Ways early on Tuesday.
Six people – four men and two women – were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences in the pre-planned operation.
The men aged 21, 35, 45 and 52 and women aged 59 and 64 were all from Birmingham.
A gun recovered was seized for forensic examination.
Police have confirmed the arrests were not connected to the Conservative Party Conference, which was being held just half-a-mile away at Birmingham’s ICC.
Little is known about the man who was shot by police.
But in a statement, police confirmed he was not one of the six arrested at the scene.
He is thought to still be in hospital, where he is being treated for a ‘non-life threatening’ injury to his arm.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct has begun an investigation.
One resident on Roseland Way, which overlooks the scene, said: “I heard a bang – it sounded like a car backfiring or a firework.
“A lot of people take drugs in the park here and there’s homeless people hanging out there. I am shocked, but at the end of the day it’s inner-city Birmingham, there are gangs round here. There’s been a couple of police chases round here and because it’s like a maze, they often get away.”