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Update following Bromsgrove firearms incident

Early yesterday morning (Sunday 4 November) a man was treated for gunshot wounds after police discharged a firearm.

Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans has made the following statement:

"Early yesterday morning two firearms crews were deployed to reports of a man with a handgun in Bromsgrove. The incident resulted in shots being fired by two trained officers.

"Officers at the scene immediately gave the man emergency first aid for gunshot wounds. He has since received surgery and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. No-one else was hurt during the incident.

"The carrying of a police firearm is only allowed after officers have completed a rigorous assessment and ongoing, regular training. We rely on our firearms officers' judgement and decision making skills in response to dynamic situations, in what are always difficult circumstances.

"As is standard procedure in these incidents, the matter has been referred to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) who will carry out an independent investigation.

"It is important we let the IOPC carry out their investigation without prejudice or speculation and we will cooperate fully with them throughout."

Issued: 4pm, Monday 5 November, Corporate Communications

Published 05/11/18