Po­lice shoot man to foil shop rob­bery

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NATIONAL -

A 23-YEAR-OLD man has been shot as armed po­lice swooped to foil the rob­bery of a cash van.

Of­fi­cers from the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Fly­ing Squad along with marks­men were ly­ing in wait to stop the cash-in-tran­sit raid out­side a supermarket in Wim­ble­don, south west Lon­don yes­ter­day.

The man was shot at around 8.10am in La­cock Close af­ter of­fi­cers con­fronted sus­pected rob­bers out­side a branch of Sains­bury’s in nearby Hay­dons Road.

He was taken to hos­pi­tal where his con­di­tion was not life-threat­en­ing.

The man was later ar­rested for con­spir­acy to rob, as was a sec­ond man.

A sus­pected stolen car was also found at the scene.

One wit­ness who was work­ing in the street at the time of the shoot­ing said un­der­cover po­lice had tried to catch two armed rob­bers.

He added: “There was a planned armed rob­bery on the Sains­bury’s. Two guys went to raid it and the cops bounded on them. Seven shots were fired.”

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

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

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