Investigation into ‘unintentional’ police shooting

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An inquiry’s been launched after an armed officer in Lewisham ‘unintentionally shot’ a suspect.

The man believed to be in his 20s was taken to a south London hospital but his condition is not thought to be life threatening.

The shooting took place in the early hours of Saturday at the Anchor Pub in Lewisham.

Police say they were responding to a call from an unidentified woman, who said another woman was being held against her will by armed men.

Police units, including armed officers stopped a car which they believed was driving away from the pub.


During the stop, a gun was “unintentionally discharged”, police say.

One of the car’s passengers was arrested and later charged with possession of a bladed article. Five other men were arrested at the Anchor pub, but neither the woman who made the 999 call or the woman said to have been held against her will, were found.

An independent investigation into the shooting has been launched by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, a police watchdog.

DCI Stanyer of South East CID said: “Detectives are working hard to fully understand this incident and our enquiries are at an early stage.

Detectives have appealed to the woman who made the original call to contact police by calling 101 quoting CAD 3359/9Feb.

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