Armed Police have carried out a pre-planned raid on two robbery suspects in Wimbledon, south-west London, which saw one of the suspects sustaining a shooting injury.
Scotland Yard has said the man was taken to hospital straight after the shooting in Lacock Close this morning. Officers confirmed they are waiting for an update on the man’s condition but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. Police said a second man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rob.
One local resident who witnessed part of the incident said:
Most of the action appeared to be down Lacock Close. Lots of undercover police cars and lots of police with guns around.
Someone was put into an ambulance with a large bandage wrapped around their arm. Heard police radioing for an ambulance, saying that someone had been shot.
Another witness who saw the police operation take place said:
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.
The cops were waiting for them. We were just working here and were on the street when it happened. We heard commotion and then there was silence.
Then we saw a guy running up the street. When he saw he was turning into a cul-de-sac he turned and fired on the cops, then they returned fire.
The guy who was running for sure had a gun. The cops came after him and must have cornered him in Lacock Close.”
A statement from police read:
A man has been shot during a pre-planned police operation in Wimbledon.
The incident happened at about 08:10hrs on Monday, 3 December in Lacock Close.
A proactive operation was conducted by officers from the Met’s Flying Squad assisted by firearms officers.
During the course of the operation, one man was shot by police.
He has been taken by London Ambulance Service to a London hospital.
We await an update on his condition. A second man has been arrested for conspiracy to rob.
The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards have been informed.