One man arrested and is in custody.
A police officer has been shot during an authorized operation, by Trident Gang Crime Unit and Met’s Specialist Firearms Command (SCO19), in Haggerston today at lunchtime.
The male police officer has been taken to an East London Hospital by air ambulance, and is said to be in stable condition.
A statement released by the Met Police said: “At around 12:45hrs Thursday, 15 October an authorised firearms operation by officers from the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command (SCO19) and Trident Area Crime Command was taking place in Scriven Street, E8 when a firearm was discharged.
A male police officer, no further details at this time, has been taken to an east London hospital suffering a gunshot wound (a condition update will follow in due course). Next of kin have been informed.
There are no reports of any other injured persons at this time.
A man, no further details at this time, has been arrested at the scene.
Further detail will be made available in due course as enquiries into the circumstances of the incident progress.
Witnesses have spoken of armed police chasing people fleeing from a house.
Describing what he saw, local resident, David Silvester, told ITV News: “I heard some yelling so I came outside and I saw lots of officers dressed in green and wearing hemlets scrambling around. I heard a shot fired and then a woman, who I think was undercover got out of her car and said: ‘Oh my god, Nick’s been shot’.
“People were pointing towards Lovelace Street and saying the suspect had run off in that direction and so the officers ran off towards that road.”
Speaking outside Scotland Yard, Commander Duncan Ball from the Met’s Specialist Crime and Operations unit said: “The firearms incident in Haggerston, Hackney earlier today illustrates the very real risks that police officers take on behalf of the public to keep London safe.
“At 12:45hrs today officers from the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command alongside officers from the Trident Area Crime Command were carrying out an authorised firearms operation at an address in Scriven Street, E8.
“The intelligence led operation sought to recover a firearm and apprehend those in possession of it. A non-police firearm was recovered from the scene.
“A 31-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken into custody.
Commander Ball continued: “During the operation, a firearm was discharged, wounding a male Detective Constable from the Trident Area Crime Command.
“He was treated at the scene and taken to an east London hospital where I am pleased to confirm he is now in a stable condition.
“At this early stage it has been established the officer received a gunshot wound through the shoulder during the operation – and an investigation is under-way to establish the full circumstances of the incident.
“The officer’s family have been informed and we will offer the full support of the Metropolitan Police to the officer, his family and his colleagues.”