Cheshire Police have released a statement after specially trained armed response team officers shot a male in Runcorn at around 13:20 hours yesterday (12th July).
Police were called to the scene after members of the public alerted them to a male who they were concerned about.
Officers attended the scene and located the man at the Knoll.
During the incident, a police firearm was discharged with a single shot being fired at the male.
In a video that has been widely shared on social media, and was recorded by a witness, two armed officers, in protective ballistic gear, including Kevlar helmets and a shield, can be seen moving towards a male who is on a grass verge.
As the officers approach the male, they shout: ‘armed police’.
They refer to the male by his name and say: ‘look at me mate’.
A few seconds pass before the officers shout: ‘[unintelligble] do not go for that gun…do not go for that gun…do not go for that…’
A loud verbal command can be heard before officers fire a single shot at the male.
One of the armed officers then confirms via his radio: ‘shots fired, shots fired’ before the footage ends.
Chief Inspector Sarah Heath, from Runcorn Local Policing Unit, said:
“I would like to reassure the local community that this is an isolated incident, and there is no risk to the public.
“Officers will remain in the area as we continue with our enquiries, and I would urge anyone with any concerns to speak to an officer.
“In line with normal procedure, the incident has been referred to the Independent office for Police Conduct.”
North West Ambulance Service said several vehicles, including the air ambulance, were also sent to the scene.
Anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone with any video footage, is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 778324 or visit https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report .
The male sustained serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
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