Friday, 19 April, 2019

London police fire shots as vehicle rams Ukraine ambassador's auto

British police opened fire after a vehicle rammed into the Ukrainian ambassador's official vehicle on Saturday morning British police opened fire after a vehicle rammed into the Ukrainian ambassador's official vehicle on Saturday morning
Deanna Wagner | 15 April, 2019, 01:44

Armed police have fired shots at a auto after it drove into the vehicle of Ukraine's Ambassador to the United Kingdom, outside the Embassy in London.

In a statement, the Embassy of Ukraine said the ambassador's vehicle was parked in front of its building in Holland Park, west London, when it was rammed.

Meanwhile, some Twitter users said the scene had been cleared up and that no one was injured.

Police said they had been called at around 9.50 am on Saturday to reports of a auto having hit several vehicles in the road.

Police say the vehicle "was driven at police officers," per the Guardian. Nevertheless, despite the police actions, the attacker hit the Ambassador's auto again.

"On arrival at the scene, a vehicle was driven at police officers", the force said in a statement.

Witnesses say they heard approximately 10 shots fired.

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The man was taken to hospital as a precaution but was not injured, they added. It added that British police were investigating the suspect's identity and a possible motive.

Ruptly's footage from the scene shows a sedan with its doors open in the middle of the street and forensic officers examining the area.

Officers used firearms and a Taser before arresting a man on suspicion of attempted murder.

The incident is not being treated as terrorism, added police.

The vehicle has been a focus of attention for forensics officers.

Chief Superintendent Andy Walker, from the Met's Specialist Firearms Command, said: "As is standard procedure, an investigation is now ongoing into the discharge of a police firearm during this incident".

The Met said the Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed.