Police shoot man to foil shop robbery
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.