A suspected armed robber has been shot in the leg after police were alerted to an armed robbery by members of the public.
The incident occurred at around 17:00 hours on the 16th of June in the Rivermead Industrial Estate (Wiltshire).
Police received reports that a male who was armed with what was believed to be a handgun had stolen a lorry.
Armed police intercepted the vehicle in Ridge Green, and during the encounter with the suspect, an armed response vehicle officer fired one round, hitting the suspect in the leg.
The suspect, a man aged in his 50s, was airlifted to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Superintendent Phil Staynings said:
“I want to reassure the community that this incident was dealt with swiftly. Nobody else was injured, and the incident is now contained.
“However, people living in the area will have seen a heavy police presence, which will continue throughout the evening.
“Due to the fact that a police firearm was discharged, we have automatically referred the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”
Image credit: Wiltshire999s.co.uk
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