Po­lice shoot man af­ter planned raid on house

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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.”

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